Traditional Muay Thai gyms are rather simple affairs. You need a flat surface, a roof, a ring, enthusiastic spectators and two of the most skilled fighters willing to go head to head with knees and elbows with extreme prejudice.
Okay, it’s a bit more than that. But if you’re going to set up a Muay Thai gym in a Zaha Hadid designed building then it needs to be something truly special. That gym would be the latest Muay Thai facility by Bwao Studio in Beijing’s Wangjing Soho complex.
The building itself is a sight to behold from the outside but step inside with its unique elliptical design, but step inside and there’s a brand spanking new Muay Thai studio which features an interior fit out that could rival a modern art gallery’s.
The centrepiece is of course the ring which is laid out as 5 square metres of fighting space. There are also neighbouring punching bags which face the cathedral-style windows that allow for ample natural lighting to flood in.
Facilities such as showers and changerooms receive their own enclosed area in the gym which is beautifully wrapped layers of curved shapes to draw attention to spatial efficiency and ambience.
Given how brutal some Muay Thai fights can be, we only have one recommendation: choose a different floor colour.
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