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July 27, 2018

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44 DIGS.NET | 7.27.2018 (previous page) e 25-yard long lap pool. (this page, clockwise from top) the gym looks out to the landscape; the pool; the gym and spa are built underneath the cantilevered tennis court; the serene interior. I n architectural design, it is best to sweat the details. This is precisely the approach that prominent L.A. practice K A A Design took to create this substantial—and substantially stylish— residential spa and g ym. Faced with the hillside site's cavernous underside, K A A Design's Grant Kirkpatrick (founding principal), Patti Baker (principal), Vaishali Makim and Jennifer Wu devised an ingenious architectural solution: situate the 5,000-square-foot facili (including the outdoor covered space) underneath an existing cantilevered tennis court for what Baker calls "an unexpected whimsical moment." Others might call it as a serious power move on the part of K A A Design. Certainly the AIA thought so, recognizing the South Bay space with its 2013 Honor Award for Excellence in Design. Constructed entirely independent of the existing concrete structure, the spa, which includes exercise facilities, an Olympic lap pool, steam room, spa baths and lounge, is private, tucked into the hillside and open up to the large gym space. is central volume opens via a floor to ceiling frameless operable glass wall to the lap pool and then to the arroyo and terraced garden space beyond. Because this feature separates but does not obstruct, the pool, in a state of repose, offers a contemplative reflecting pond effect. e sheaths of white plaster forming the ceiling gently bows upward, appealing to the light and reaching to the gardens. e result both exposes and cocoons. "Our vision was to create a place to renew and relax," says Baker. "ere's a certain sense of transparency seen and felt throughout the gym. e frameless glass doors create a seamless connection with the surrounding nature, while the roof shape pulls natural ravine into the space." In doing so, KAA Design brought modernist thought to a pically utilitarian space, forming a fitness facili for now. eir version is functional, as is customary, but highly sensitive and attuned to landscape and lifesle, melding all attributes in an artful way that is not. e clean effortlessness that permeates the space is illuminated by a simple but textured palette of Travertine, custom stainless steel hardware and details, and reclaimed teak, striking a tone that is precisely right for the intention behind it. "e open plan allows for an abundance of natural sunlight to enter the gym and spa," explains Grant Kirkpatrick, founding partner of KAA Design. "Pairing this with natural and man- made structural materials created something unique. Incorporating different pes of wood brought warmth and elements of nature into the area." Not only is the Monaco Drive gym and spa a perfectly shaped space, it's one with a strategy. Smart looking, it is elegantly sparse but not severe, an inviting place to be and to move. And, in conjunction with its components and contemporary thinking, it puts more weight on the importance of designing a well-rounded fitness facili at home. Aer all, the more appealing the space, the more motivation one has to use it. A + D | K A A D E S I G N

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