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First Look: BLOK Manchester Has Landed

Renowned for its multidisciplinary approach to fitness and design-led aesthetic, BLOK landed in London in 2016, instantly disrupting the studio landscape and quickly becoming the favoured workout for inner-city creatives. Building on the success of two studios in the heart of East London, BLOK takes its unique world-class fitness experience to its first site outside of London to Manchester, becoming their third UK location and the first step into national expansion.

BLOK Manchester has opened in Ducie Street Warehouse, the former Victorian complex which has fast become the ultimate cultural destination in Manchester. Following the same formula as seen in London, BLOK Manchester offers a space that encompasses fitness, fashion, art and design – all meeting under one roof to provide the ultimate experience.

Classes

BLOK believes in cross-training between disciplines. The daily workouts are fuelled by the desire to offer sustainable fitness, for all abilities. Whether it’s Yoga, Barre, Boxing or a killer cardio session.      

Design 

Defined by a fusion of Victorian and contemporary design, BLOK Manchester expresses a commanding industrial presence. The rich palette of a Victorian warehouse with vaulted brick ceilings and dominant column and beam structure provides an impressive envelope in which Daytrip have formed new insertions to define studio and circulation spaces.

The core palette of BLOK interiors recreates a gallery aesthetic through soft light washes, neutral colour tones and clean lines. For the Manchester location, new materials were added to the palette to compliment the building these include a quarry tile floor, cast structural glass walls and metallic pops of colour in blues and lilacs to match the existing Victorian colours.

Each studio has its own distinct design. The Boxing studio has a poured concrete floor, large steel rig structure and expanded metal lathing which creates a robust environment. By contrast, the yoga studio is a mix of soft timber and acid-etched mirror glazing to feel calm and relaxed. The yoga studio cantilevers over the boxing studio as a glowing light box, creating a literal juxtaposition of the two disciplines. The barre studio has darker tones combined with natural light and large achromat storage units. Darkened mirrors enhance the palette. The changing rooms have a utility feel, with a complex grid of glazed tiles wrapping the walls and ceiling.  

Shakes

BLOK has teamed up with Cultureplex neighbour and coffee counter Klatch, to bring you BLOK x Klatch – a collaboration offering bespoke shakes developed in partnership with Chef Director Blaine Duffy of Bistrotheque and Form nutrition. Partnering with industry-leading experts, BLOK offers a range of premium shakes, each specifically designed for your post-workout needs and made to order, in-house at Klatch.

Read More at bloklondon.com

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