|Balboa Bar & Gym
|Bars, Architecture, Health and Beauty
Am Schanzengraben 19
|Renzo Balboa AG
Zurich’s banking district welcomes Balboa Gym & Bar, a new fitness hangout that aims to become more than just a place for yuppies to train after work. Founded three years ago by Erich Züger, a disenchanted banker-turned-gym-devotee, Balboa is a fitness brand that brings together personalised training with fostering a community of like-minded people evident in the new Balboa flagship on Am Schanzengraben Street which combines training areas, a bar-café that serves snacks and alcohol, and a concept store selling fitness equipment, books and even skateboards.
Designed by architecture studio helsinkizurich, the industrial, clean cut Balboa Gym & Bar featuring exposed concrete, leather and metal, spans two storeys: the bar occupies the ground floor with the training areas are located in the basement below (large openings on the bar’s floor create a visual connection with the training studios). As for committing the hybris of serving unhealthy alcoholic drinks in a fitness establishment, Balboa’s founder says that it’s more important to allow different aspects of urban life to collide and see what kind of new experiences can come about from this exchange. In any case, Rocky would have approved.