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This a benchmark urban renewal project demonstrating how a space devoid of natural light, grace and sense of identity need not be scrapped or salvaged, but transformed though sensitive intervention. Situated within a Melbourne CBD (central business district) basement, the project redefines traditional perceptions of fitness, wellness and meditation and creates a true luxe experience embracing the ethos of holistic living and urban oasis. Carefully sequenced spaces transition between public and fitness zones; the sense of scale, level, lighting and materiality defines and enhances each activity, enriching the user experience. The building’s cold industrial aesthetic of exposed off-form concrete and large steel structures frame the space and offer a striking contrast to the warm, timber-clad communal spaces which form the heart of the project. The sunken lounge creates a social incubator where the integration of spatial and ideological ideas finds harmony.