Your office may have a gym in the basement, and it may even have some pretty impressive cardio machines but it probably doesn't have luxe design touches like cove lighting around the mirrors. It probably doesn't have wood slat ceilings or light provided by hanging pendants (or anything that isn't industrial strength fluorescent bulbs). The fitness center inside the office building at CityCenter DC has all of these and developer Hines partnered with the design team at CORE to give their gym a more modern feel. Hines stressed that office fitness centers on the whole are trending toward a more high-end design and since the fitness center is a shared amenity to all of the office tenants, that making this one welcoming and well-constructed was important. The aesthetic is a different than the glass-walled fitness center of The Apartments at CityCenter DC, but at 4,000 square feet, it's also a much larger space.
However, their creation of a high-end looking fitness center is topped by their success at creating locker rooms that don't look the least bit gross and unwelcoming. Yes, there's porcelain tile on the floor and the walls, but the minimal grout lines and glossy finish eliminate any lingering reminders of middle school PE class. Furthermore, Hines emphasized that the natural colors used on the wall tiles were inspired by high-end spas. Also, the showers (which are actually large enough to include changing space should anyone want extra privacy) have a rain showerhead and frosted glass doors rather than nasty shower curtains. Plus, the Z-shaped lockers themselves not only look fancy but allow users to store both larger and smaller items.