05.02.2020

Solid Foundation



Photography by Nicholas John Wilkins

Unpopular opinion: I’m not into Yoga.  I’m not patient enough for it… which is precisely why I probably need it, right? Well, if I were in Auckland, I’d be encouraged to give it another go at this beautifully-designed new studio, Basecamp Power Yoga.

Studio 11:11 (Melbourne-based, but co-helmed by New Zealand architect and interior designer Annabel Smart) transformed the shell of an old Grey Lynn warehouse – nicknamed the scrapyard – elevating it to the very warm, meditative space you see here. I love how they’ve kept the rawness of the original architecture, celebrating the perfectly imperfect surfaces and rough textures, playing up the industrial feel with hot-rolled steel features (like that sculptural clothing rack by NZ maker SaintLeo, anchored by a chunk of basalt rock), and layering washed timber, atmospheric lighting and natural textiles.

Kudos, Studio 11:11, you have managed to create an environment of softness and strength both; perfect for a brand that values both power and pliability.

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