Centered in the famous ocean front Belmont Park, Fit Plunge is a two sided fitness building joined as one, Fit on the south and Plunge on the north.
The first thing the remodel team did was to remove the elevator core that was blocking the prime view to the pool and demolish the northern 3/4 of the combined two buildings where the steel structure was failing. We built a new building out of aluminum complete with full height glass, retractable roof, mega ocean views with vertical hinging windows, a working bird and three levels of defined fitness experiences. We relocated the elevator and created an entrance tunnel from the south side to open up the view to the pool giving you an immediate dynamic experience of the grand historic pool as the centerpiece.
A particular challenge presented was how to relieve the oppressive feeling low height ceiling on the south building within the 30 foot building height limit and the programmatic three floor requirement. By puncturing the building everywhere, horizontally and vertically, and the use of full building height glass, skylights, floor openings and white out ceilings, we were able to reverse the low height ceiling perception and create a room that flows with light and air.