Equinox Sports Clubs - 225 Franklin Street, Boston, MA
The Equinox Fitness Club located at 225 Franklin Street in Boston, Massachusetts sits in the heart of the downtown market. The Franklin Street building was originally the home of State Street Bank. Equinox now occupies the first floor space and the concourse level below. The first floor was an example of a by-gone banking era with grand vaulted ceilings, and large expanses of windows. An existing spiral stair, which was a wonderful example of modernist architecture, connected the two floors. Although the original stainless steel vault door on the concourse level may have been the most unexpected surprise. The circular pattern on the door became the inspiration for the design and the new club architecture. S3 Design was hired by Equinox to develop the design and set the club feel through schematic design. They were then retained through Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction to work with the Base Buildings Architect of Record providing guidance and design continuity.
With the inspiration starting at the vault door and a history steeped in Banking, the design of the new club focused on “Precious Metals and Gems.” The first floor with its two-story volume is home to the “Gem Box,” which incorporates the reception desk, sales offices, and club support staff in one architectural element. The remainder of the first floor accommodates Strength Area 1, Cardio Area 1, a functional training/stretching area, and a 2,000 sf Group Fitness Studio.
The existing spiral stair was updated to become a striking vertical element that connects the first floor to the concourse level. The new locker rooms are located in the old vault and were designed to have a safe deposit box feel. Dark woods and metal accents blend to create a banking atmosphere that is accentuated with luxury. Strength Area 2, Cardio Area 2, Yoga, Pilates, Cycling, and Boxing studios are also located on the concourse level. Large glowing discs on the ceiling of the Cardio and Strength Area are a modern interpretation of the vault door design.
As Equinox’s second club in the Boston market, the 225 Franklin location is a beautiful example of blending the banking history of the building with a state-of-the-art health club, and promises to be a flagship in the Equinox portfolio.
Associate Architect: CBT Architects