The YMCA Anthony Bowen was designed by Diane S. Taitt of De Space Designs. “The whole theme is to be sustainable and appeal to urban living and the evolving community,” says Jackie Dilworth, YMCA director of communications. Photograph by Melissa Romero.
The entrance to the YMCA features a timeline and historical facts about Anthony Bowen, the founder of the world’s first African-American YMCA. Photograph by Melissa Romero.
The lobby features plenty of seating, a cafe area, and a fireplace to encourage members to “meet and build a community,” says Kevin Correll, vice president of member services. A door opens to the neighboring Sweetgreen. Photograph by Melissa Romero.
The wellness floor features 70 cardio machines, from ellipticals to treadmills to stair climbers. “In designing this floor, it was really about creating the biggest range of wellness options for people to choose from in pursuing their healthy lifestyle,” says Correll. Photograph by Melissa Romero.
The stationary bikes let you race against whoever is sitting next to you, while the spin bikes feature avatars that will coach you through your own cycling class. Photograph by Melissa Romero.
The wellness floor features three Woodways, which are eco-friendly and powered by the user. Photograph by Melissa Romero.
A separate area has Technogym Kinesis machines, which allow you perform 160 different exercises. Photograph by Melissa Romero.
The locker rooms give off a spa-like feel, and include massage rooms, saunas, and multiple showers. Photograph by Melissa Romero.
The 1,700-square-foot group exercise studio will offer more than 173 classes a week, such as Zumba, martial arts, and aerial yoga. Photograph by Melissa Romero.
The spin studio has 37 bikes and will include instructor-led classes and wall-mounted TV screens. Photograph by Melissa Romero.
A separate wing of the YMCA is dedicated to the Future Leaders Youth Academy, which will offer year-round private preschool and pre-kindergarten programs for children ages 2.5 to 5 beginning January 2014. Photograph by Melissa Romero.
All of YMCA wellness team members will be certified through Vertical Rock to offer rock-climbing classes on the two-story rock-climbing wall. Open climbing sessions will let members use the wall on their own. Photograph by Melissa Romero.
Members can attend cooking classes in the teaching kitchen. Celebrity chefs will host special classes, as well. Photograph by Melissa Romero.
The rooftop terrace is not only for sunrise yoga or sunset cycling—it also serves as a space for social gatherings. Photograph by Melissa Romero.