A new building, with a garage, gym and swimming pool, is designed to support and reflect the health and fitness ideals of an active family of four.
The clients – a family focused on health and fitness – had a small, dilapidated garage that occupied a sunny spot behind their Edwardian house in Elwood. They asked Foomann to design a new building to accommodate their campervan, a gym, sauna and bathroom, and to overlook a new swimming pool. The resultant building reflects the family’s health and fitness ideals: rigorous and disciplined, yet still relaxed and fun.
The building is positioned against the southern boundary to free up the north side of the property for the swimming pool and to bring sunlight into the gym. An ordered 1.2-metre-by-1.2-metre grid determined the internal planning, paving layout and external timber strapping. Downstairs is wide and tall to fit the campervan, while upstairs is light and open for the gym. The material palette is environmentally and contextually appropriate and reflects the client’s desire for healthy spaces, with coastal-inspired timber cladding providing a relaxed feel.