Midtown Athletic Club
By : DMAC Architecture
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14e édition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Public Building / Sports & Leisure Building
Chicago Midtown Athletic Club provides active travelers, as well as the local community, the best of boutique fitness programming folded into a sports resort under one roof. DMAC Architecture created the ultimate high-end sports retreat, featuring the full spectrum of program-centric fitness zones and boutique studios. DMAC Architecture rebranded the flagship Midtown Club with a look and feel that celebrates integrated wellness while bringing in the urban landscape of the surrounding neighborhood.
The 200,000 square-foot expansion of Midtown Athletic Club transformed what was the largest indoor tennis club in the country to the largest lifestyle center in the country. The famed tennis club hosted many legends like Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and the Williams sisters. Human centric design makes the club easy to navigate, while the warm wood finishes and details provide a welcoming atmosphere centered around a large communal lounge with access to a signature restaurant and outdoor pool deck.
Working within an aggressive schedule and budget had the design team rethinking materials and their uses. The pine boards used to form concrete walls and beams were repurposed as interior wall cladding. The typically discarded granite block ends from quarries found a home as a backdrop behind the reception desk. The monumental ceiling trellis over the main stair incorporates materials salvaged during demolition of the old club.
Architect : DMAC Architecture