The Original Feelings Yoga Studio’s design by Some Place Studio incorporates the idea of flow, central to yoga practice, to create a fluid and welcoming space. The design takes into account the demands of the pandemic but also a life beyond it.
Ph. Linus Muellerschoen
Flow is a term used in yoga practice to describe a sense of fluid movement and meditation. Within the space, these ideas manifest through smooth transitions between spaces and the extensive use of malleable materials such as fabrics and hempcrete. The entrance opens up onto a large reception area with a central desk doubling as an occasional bar. A reconfigurable sofa follows the soft curve of a large screen acting as a space divider. On one side a large water fountain reminds visitors to wash their hands while the other side leads into the practice rooms.
The color palette is muted, with a focus on materiality and texture created in collaboration with two emerging artists. The front desk and water fountain were created in collaboration with Yasmin Bawa, using a custom process of a hempcrete structure finished with pigmented lime plaster to create the surface textures.The large scale privacy screen separating the lounge area from the changing rooms was painted by the young Viennese Artist Denise Rudolf Frank.
Designed and built during the global pandemic, Original Feelings Yoga studio is a space that allows for plenty of personal space, ventilation, and safety protocols to be in place. Taking a constraint as a design opportunity our goal was to create a space that will last beyond the current crisis and allow for yogis and guests to feel welcome and find their flow.
DATE: 2020 / LOCATION: Berlin, Germany / AREA: 300 m2 / PROGRAM: Yoga Studio / STATUS: Built / LEAD ARCHITECTS: Some Place Studio (Daniel Prost, Bika Rebek) / CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS: Yasmin Bawa, Denise Rudolf Frank / CLIENT: Original Feelings- Katharina Riedl / PHOTOS: Linus Muellerschoen / TEXT: Edited from the press release by NESS