„We achieve more together with other people than alone.“ Dalai Lama
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Spiesen-Elversberg, Germany

The new GymLodge provides a very special space for events and encounters of any kind. Here, people can cook, celebrate, teach together, and stay overnight, too. The former gym has developed into a unique event location with accommodation in an unparalleled ambience. The special feature, apart from the conversion also the social component: The GymLodge is affiliated to CFK gGmbH – the “Centrum für Freizeit und Kommunikation der Lebenshilfe gGmbH” – an inclusion project, which aims to integrate disabled people into the labor market.

We have designed the interior of the new location and - in collaboration with slooom – the sleeping pods and contributed to the designation. In total, the 22 sleeping pods are spread in a U-shape across two levels. Basically, the pods are four-sided “boxes”, each with a door and glass front, which can be shielded by means of a curtain.In terms of material selection and design, the pods are consciously reduced, but offer the comfort and storage space needed for a short stay.

Centrally located are the multifunctional common room with an event kitchen and dining area as well as the lounge area. Here, the flair of the former sports hall can still be felt: Vaulting horses serve as seating furniture, balls decorate the kitchen, and stools are upholstered with the material of gym mats. A special eye-catcher is also the light installation made of gymnastics rings.

„We achieve more together with other people than alone.“
Dalai Lama
© GymLodge/Manuela Meyer | © GEPLAN DESIGN
period 2020-2023
service Design and artistic construction management
construction measures Conversion
scope Gym (215m²), plus a gallery level, sanitary rooms and hallways (111m²)

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