Malls as Gyms?

Concerning the idea of placing the exhibitionist gym inside a different contrasting building typology I have come across this article which talks about the trend in the states of malls starting to become holistic nutritional health centres with gyms at their core and lined with, health food, sporting goods, medical needs, supplement shops, etc..

This trend comes on the back of a society that, in spite of mass obesity, is becoming more aware of health and well being issues than any other before us (mainly due to the internet and increasing media influence). It has spawned a trend of a society that is becoming just as, or maybe more concerned with, not just what they wear but how they feel, and look as people under the clothes. It is also common knowledge that shopping centres are dying as more and more is available online and it is unnecessary to brave the crowds of consumers. But some things, such as a gym membership, cant be used online, you need to be there in the flesh, you need to experience it. This shows potential for the Gym project to take on a new dimension. If the gym could be inserted into a dying or unused shopping centre it would enable the gym to function as a catalyst in the adaptation of the centre into a nutritional “facility” where everything could be obtained under one roof.

This shows potential for the Gym project to take on a new dimension. If the gym could be inserted into a dying or unused shopping centre it would enable the gym to function as a catalyst in the adaptation of the centre into a nutritional “facility” where everything could be obtained under one roof.

http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/growing/are-malls-morphing-into-gyms-20130724-2qhyl.html

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