The Notting Hill gym which brings outdoor exercise indoors
Urban living doesn't often allow for a run in a park, let alone a forest.
However, a Notting Hill pop-up gym has given Londoners the chance to engage in outdoor exercise without even having to go outside.
Described by founder Matt Morely as "the worlds first 'organic' gym," Biofit uses only natural materials to help its users to reconnect with nature in the middle of one of world's busiest cities.
With no metal, machinery or LCD screens in sight, Biofit uses hanging plants, earthy fungus, timber equipment and turf flooring to recreate the look and smell of a forest.
Biofit takes the concept of eco-design employed in silicon valley headquarters, including Google, and applies it to gym design to create a space that reduces stress and boosts the productivity levels of those working out.
In order to create this authentic multi-sensory experience for its users, interior designer and landscape architect Lily Jencks styled the space by selecting materials with natural colours, textures and aromas. Jencks used only plant life that was indigenous to the United Kingdom and had air-purifying qualities.
Even the uneven gym floor contributes to your workout, with great care being taken by Jencks to choose materials, such as turf and hemp flooring, that mimic the natural imperfections of the surfaces you encounter when exercising outdoors.
Although the Biofit gym will only be popping-up in Notting Hill for a short period of time, Jencks and Morley are in discussions with other companies interested in installing long-term projects.