Chelsea Club / Fletcher Priest Architects / london + köln + riga | fletcherpriest
Chelsea Club  Chelsea Football Club

Chelsea Club is the health club that forms part of the extended Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea F.C. In this prominent location, it has a discreet presence, visible at night as an illuminated opaque facade. The structure has a simple rectangular plan with mechanical rooms at each end that service the club facilities. The principal areas are day-lit through translucent composite cladding panels that diffuse the light to give an interior of simplicity and calm.

This tranquil atmosphere is maintained throughout, using simple backlit stretched fabric ceilings that remove the clutter of light fittings and illuminate the spaces with an even glow. The club is organised over three levels, each linked by an open stair that which makes all the facilities visible as members pass through the building. The reception, spa and informal restaurant at ground floor level overlook a 25-metre swimming pool.

The main exercise rooms and specialised studios are arranged on the floors above. Externally, a cantilevered running track at first floor gives a dramatic display of the internal function of the building and is illuminated for night-time use. The top floor exhibition space is devoted to an installation on sport and its effect on the body, in collaboration with the Science Museum.