Out of all the places around the world that are designed every day, spaces for wellbeing usually exude a certain sense of unmatched relaxation. This is also true in the Gladstone Wellness Members Club by local architecture studio, Studio Gameiro. Located in one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities in Europe, the transformed commercial space is now home to an earthy – and almost desert-like subterranean wellness centre.
In the heart of Lisbon, Portugal, known for its spacious green surrounds, this interior is an ingenious reference to the city’s history while drawing inspiration from all over the world. References to the Moroccan outdoors and local Portuguese craftsmanship seen in the hand-wrought iron rail – a national Pombalino period aesthetic, dating back to the 18th century – combine with warm materials like wood, rattan and terracotta.
Designed to draw members into various areas within the facility, Studio Gameiro created a floor plan that is open yet intimate and flexible. The lounge spaces can transform into a place for gathering and entertainment, such as exhibitions or private events. Moments of solitude unfold throughout the club’s footprint. Biophilic accents act as a room divider, speaking to the flexibility of the space.
Nude sand-stucco walls act as the perfect backdrop for hand-crafted materials, complementing the large bespoke pieces of Moleanos – a local beige limestone – seen in the base of the sofa and the ottomans. Wooden chairs, rattan panels and marble tables supplement the understated colour palette. To top it off, the white concrete floor and lounge area are suggestive of a desert landscape adorned with large cacti and ferns (particularly evident when you squint your eyes).
Upon entering the locker and changing rooms, members are bathed in welcoming tones and materials hinting to outside spaces. This area is almost entirely clad in varying shades of square tiles and exaggerated concrete-like grout that allows the tiles to stand out. The terracotta tones are embedded into the walls and floors in a grid-like pattern, delivering a mesmerising effect. This geometric rhythm is then repeated by being wrapped around the stand-alone sink and double shower walls.
There is no doubt Studio Gameiro has delivered an inspiring space to seek serenity or achieve fitness goals. Encapsulating the beauty of Lisbon, this members-only club transports visitors into an oasis with russet hues and an illuminating palette, while celebrating architecture and design evident from its locale.