Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, JAL, MX
VIVO47 - GOURMETERIA
Vivo 47 Gym is located in an affluent residential area of Guadalajara. The project, which was executed in partnership with local firm Riggen + Pijuan, transformed a vacant street corner into an urban focal point and sparked a series of small commercial developments that enlivened the street. The main façade of the building stands along a slight, steady incline that stretches 86 meters and rises 8 meters. On the opposite corner lies the only park of respectable dimensions in the vicinity. The entire project involves an extensive program with complementary functions that include general equipment areas, women exclusive areas, spa, pool, a restaurant, a nutrition clinic and a strip of shops that offer health services and products related to physical well-being.
The Gym layout finds its main poles in the pool and the main equipment area. The former exists on the east corner of the site, just south of the mixed-use game courts; the latter, which houses the weights and mixed-use machines, works as a central nave flanked by a sequence of steel columns supporting elevated bridges that carry cardio equipment. The triple-height equipment space is brightly lit by a series of zenithal windows that project daylight through the lattice of the steel trusses on the ceiling. All of the exposed structural elements as well as most vertical surfaces are painted white to help daylight reach farther into the lower areas of the space. A tall mural cladded with horizontal strips of mahogany stands out in the bright monochromy that dominates the interiors.
A vertical volume is inserted towards the middle of the building and contains a number of key compartmentalized areas of the program. It includes the restrooms, lockers, dressing rooms, baths, and offices, throughout various levels, as well as a vertical circulation shaft that runs from the top level all the way down to the parking area on the basement. The volume has its walls slant at oblique angles and asserts its autonomy from the orthogonal order, as well as the leisurely character, that governs the rest of the complex. This geometric statement can be read from the main façade, which runs along Naciones Unidas avenue.
The entrance pavilion, which is located on the street corner, acts as a storefront. Its square window panes are framed by a steel sheet grid containing steel sheet letters that spell out a list of the gym’s amenities. The two main façades of the building display a mosaic of different materials. Aluminum panels, concrete and energy efficient glazing are arranged in a geometric composition that reveals program differentiation and reinforces the building’s horizontality.