The ocean and the coastline informed the materials and colour palette in the interior of the yoga studio in the coastal suburb of Mordialloc. Golden aimed to create a sensory experience through the use of texture rather than colour.
“We were inspired by the client’s connection to the ocean, love of surfing, and a desire to create an organic, sensory experience for their guests,” explained Golden directors Kylie Dorotic and Alicia McKimm to Dezeen.
Personal belongings are stored in joinery with walnut timber-veneer and custom day beds to encourage visitors to relax before and after classes. The ceiling is covered with a sisal fabric to give the space a soft and welcoming feel.
“Understanding of the impact physical environments have on our wellbeing is particularly relevant for a yoga studio,” explained Golden. “The design focuses on texture rather than colour, with materiality celebrated throughout.”
Warrior One houses two separate yoga studios, a large reception area and guest amenities. Golden maximised the space by dividing the main yoga room into two with custom bi-fold doors made with grass weave wallpaper and solid oak.
Integrated joinery in both studios provides a platform for the instructors and conceals equipment.
“Architectural hardwood beams overhead create subtle rhythm. A hand-textured wall enhances the sense of raw and organic, completing the inspiring space,” said Golden.
Pink marble installed on the walls of the bathrooms and rust-coloured loungers in the foyer off-set otherwise muted tones, reinforcing the designers intended connection to the earth. Lights in the entrance are made of soft material, while lighting in the bathroom comes in the form of brass lights that match the taps.
“Brass fixtures bring a sense of quiet indulgence; reflective of a space designed to for transcendent experiences,” said Golden.
In the entrance foyer several pieces of custom furniture made by local designers add to the tactile elements of the space. These include a custom counter by artist and stonemason Den Holm and a hand-crafted pendant light by Coco Flip.
“Our desire was to create a calming retreat,” said Golden. “We sought to create a wholistic experience aligned with the offer of the Warrior One methodology of creating a Yogi Oasis. A welcoming, bright space with warmth and a chill surfer vibe.”
This studio is the second yoga space run by the Warrior One brand. The first is based in Brighton, Melbourne. Sydney-based architect Karen Abernethy created a yoga studio for Humming Puppy in an old Sydney warehouse, which contains a variety of spaces to offer visitors a different sensory experience.
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