Equinox Fitness Clubs chose the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange building, a 1929 art deco jewel at the center of San Francisco’s financial district, as their first Bay Area location. STUDIOS was chosen to help bring new life and vitality to the historic building.
The centerpiece of the Exchange is the soaring 45-foot-high Trading Hall with its ornate, day-lit glass ceiling. This open, airy space provides an exhilarating setting for the primary exercise floor. Mezzanines at either end were transformed into glass-enclosed group fitness studios, affording views of several original art deco bas reliefs. Previously concealed 18-foot-high windows along the northern facade now bath interior spaces with daylight. The basement directly under the Trading Hall, with its sprawling 2,000 square-foot vault, was a natural fit for the locker rooms. The adjoining basement of a neighboring building-employed for 75 years as a support space for the Stock Exchange-now houses a 50-yard lap pool, spa and yoga studio. Materials were selected in accordance with Equinox’s standard design guidelines, however color palettes were refined to reflect the historic nature of the structure.