CORE COLLEC TIVE, LONDON
WG+P ARCHITECTS/STILEMAN LIGHTING DESIGN
‘Historically, gyms have not paid too much attention
to the use of dynamic lighting but we felt that it could
intensify the workouts and played a major part in the
whole new design concept,’ says WG+P Architects
partner Phil Waind, referring to Core Collective in
London’s Holland Park. Stileman Lighting Design has
used programmable lighting attuned to activities in
the gym to motivate then relax its users. Generally a
change in lighting will mean a change in pace, Waind
explains. ‘A red lighting scheme is used during a fast
intensive workout such as a spinning class, which can
then adapt to a cooler blue when the pace slows down.
Similarly, less vibrant and dimmer lighting is needed
for yoga and pilates classes to provide a relaxed mood.’
While the main entrance and cafe on the ground floor
are filled with natural light, the basement studios and
changing rooms have no natural light at all. There
are four main rooms which focus on TRX suspension
training, high intensity interval training, power yoga
and spinning. The design has an industrial aesthetic,
themed with multiple enamel lampshades in long
lines or blocks completely filling the ceiling with
warm white, cold cathode filament lamps.
More than 200 pendants were used throughout the
gym. The pendants in the spinning room continue
into a wall-mounted version down one elevation.
They are backlit with RGB+WW (red, green blue and
warm white) LED strip and chrome cap LED sources
so that the lighting is indirect and can be dimmed.
The programming of the lighting includes 45-minute
lighting sequences which are customised for different
instructors and change throughout the workout,
starting high for the warm-up period and dropping
into almost total darkness, at which point the
pendants are then reactivated to reach a ‘crescendo’.
Colours change or pulse depending on the stage and
intensity of the class, finishing with calm soft, slowly
pulsing lighting for the warm down and stretching.
The main studio can be divided into two areas with
separate programming also using the system from
Crestron for dimming and DMX control for the
The spinning room: the industrial aesthetic led to the use of more
than 200 enamel lampshades, with warm white, cold cathode
filament lamps, flowing across the ceiling and down one elevation