Architectural design and delivery of a new fitness concept from a world famous club brand.

The Arches 

Ministry of Sound 

Processes 

  • Concept design 
  • Feasibility Study 
  • Contract management 
  • Architectural consultancy

What we did

AJ&B Studio was appointed by Ministry of Sound to design a new gym for their new concept Ministry does Fitness

Located in two railway arches to the rear of the club, previously used as drinks and tech stores, the cross-fit gym and studio is located in one arch, with changing rooms and bar in the other arch. 

Behind the existing unassuming shutters, new glazed timber doors were installed to the bar arch to create the main entrance. The bar operates as the gym reception and leads on to the changing rooms and lockers. The gym arch is accessed via a flypostered corridor designed to emulate the ‘back of house’ aesthetic of the club that builds the users’ anticipation of their upcoming fitness class. 

Aldworth James & Bond | Ministry of Sound The Arches bar

AJ&B Studio worked closely in collaboration with Ministry of Sound to develop the concept for their new flagship gym. Ministry of Sound wanted to reflect the simple, pared-back aesthetic of the main club, using light fittings and furniture where possible from the club stores. The coffee table is formed from an old speaker box and the bar itself is designed to reference speaker stacks with integrated LED lighting. Changing rooms are clean and fresh with OSB panelling and blue and red grout and shelving. The exposed brick walls of the railway arch and posters on the walls create an unpretentious and multifunctional bar space, open throughout the day and into the night.

  • Aldworth James & Bond | Ministry of Sound The Arches gym section drawing
  • Aldworth James & Bond | Ministry of Sound The Arches bar section drawing
Aldworth James & Bond | Ministry of Sound The Arches gym exterior - designed by AJ&B Studio

The gym contains six exercise stations with custom designed cross-fit equipment— these are constructed from scaffolding poles and provides additional space for a DJ booth. Painted corrugated sheeting black boards provide a simple canvas for the specialist designed club sound system and lighting, successfully recreating a clubbing experience within a fitness environment. 

AJ&B Studio was appointed as architects to design and see the Arches project through to completion, working as contract administrator for the construction phase. 

  • Aldworth James & Bond | Ministry of Sound The Arches gym - design by AJ&B Studio Aldworth James & Bond | Ministry Does Fitness - design by AJ&B Studio
  • Aldworth James & Bond | AJ&B Studio design a new fitness concept for Ministry of Sound
Aldworth James & Bond | The Arches bar designed by AJ&B Studio
  • Aldworth James & Bond | Scaffolding pole fitness stations, designed by AJ&B Studio
  • Aldworth James & Bond | The fly posters at The Arches - where Ministry Does Fitness