Elsewhere, Jolie designed the development’s gym, spa and sports hall. ‘The sports hall was a real challenge as we went for a very unconventional design,’ Franky tells us. ‘We had to use certain materials for the flooring/walls and chose colours and lighting to immerse people in a space that feels energising, competitive, but also fun and fresh.’
The studio picked a deep red–- a powerful and competitive colour, invoking energy and strength. Contrasting this with bright pink encourages playful behaviour, but also gives a sense of comfort, whilst keeping the space fresh.
These two dominant colours are carefully balanced with natural hues so as not encourage a fear reaction (associated with red), including a bold black ceiling and soft beige used in the acoustic panelling.
‘It was an exciting challenge to get Darren Whittaker (Founder/CEO of Renaker) and the team to buy into this at concept stage – a bit of ‘what the hell is going on here?!’’ adds Franky.
Diversity is always at the forefront of Renaker’s developments, and the client was willing to push the boundaries of what was being done elsewhere in Manchester. The studio was able to deliver most of the design without many changes or amends, but some of the wilder ideas were challenging at first to sell, we’re told. ‘The black pool ceiling, the pink and red basketball court and all the pampas in the tearoom were all very brave design choices to get over the line!’
‘This was the first mixed use residential development of this size and scope for Jolie, so to apply our sensory design ethos on such a large scale and see these concepts realised was amazing.’
Photography: Billy Bolton