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Form and function

Ajay Miglani has blended the interiors of the Jay Wellness Centre with its functional aspects.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2004 15:42 IST
Varun Soni
Varun Soni

Distinctive interiors, unusual design elements and sophisticated colour combinations, are what characterise the Jay Wellness Centre (JWC) in Kailash Colony. In fact, the fitness centre (owned by Mr. & Mrs. S. N. P. Punj, of the Punj industrial family) successfully combines architectural style with modern design — keeping the needs and requirements of customers in mind.

As one enters the JWC, the design forte of architect-cum-interior designer, Ajay Miglani comes to the fore. A stainless steel curvilinear railing leads up to a reception-cum-health café. “Incidentally, a chair lift has been installed at the side of the building for people who come in for physio treatment. This enables them to move from the ground to the lift level and from the terrace to the aqua aerobic pool with ease,” points out Miglani.

“Being a very user-specific place — having to do with health and beauty — the interior of a fitness centre has to blend in with its functional aspects. Which is why no jarring material has been used and colour has been imparted — through the ceilings — to an otherwise staid looking space,” he says.

While the reception sports a very functional look, the health café is what catches the attention of the visitor. Transformed into an interactive space by the play of levels and steel bands in the ceiling, the café adds to the modern feel of the whole space. Strategically placed display windows, a plasma TV, chic seating in blue and red and wooden rafters in the high-level blue ceiling also play a major role in enhancing the interiors.

A corridor sporting beige ceramic tiles and flanked by glass doors leads to the parlour and saloon. Enumerates Miglani, “The unisex parlour and saloon have been done up in the most modern fashion. While a separate area has been designed for bridal make-up, treatment areas have separate shower and steam rooms. Fibre optic lighting on the ceiling gives a comforting effect to the whole space.”

In fact, everything has a place of its own, especially the electrical equipment. While the dominant colour scheme in the parlour is peach, the Plaster-of-Paris cornice is hand-painted in different colours. The mirrors too sport a different shape, adding to the ultramodern look of the parlour.

Green marble stairs lead up to the first floor, which houses the gymnasium as well as the yoga and aerobics studio. Says Miglani, “The gymnasium’s interior well reflects the no-frill hardcore workout area. All the cardiovascular equipment is fitted with individual television sets to keep one’s mind calm and relaxed while exercising. Even the grey colour chosen for the carpet complements the black and steel equipment.” In the yoga and aerobics studio, the vibrant orange as well as the curvilinear ceiling form the focus. The studio is mirrored with steel handrails for exercising. The wooden flooring and a blend of colours used for the ceiling provide for a “tranquil experience.”

Says Miglani, “An air circulator imparts an essence of freshness to the whole environment. The backdrop everywhere has been covered with etched glass/mirrors.”

On the second floor are the male and female spas and changing rooms. In the locker area, care has been taken to circulate air by creating aesthetically appealing square holes on the locker panels. “The lockers come in two sizes. The rooftop four ft. deep pool for aqua aerobics has been designed with a collapsible roof — a new concept for health freaks,” says Miglani. Keeping one’s functional needs in mind!

First Published: Dec 12, 2003 12:23 IST