Workshop spaces for the Iceman
IWT transforms two sheds into a gathering and exploration space for the growing business of The Ice Man / Wim Hof. His company (www.innerfire.nl) focus on the integration of extreme human physical endurance with psychological performance through a.o. breathing exercises, cold water exposure and meditation training for both international private clients and professional athletes.
The design consists of two flexible generic main areas. This juxtaposition forms the basic layout for upgrading the site into a no-nonsense but sensitive backdrop for the wide range of envisioned activities.
The larch wood slats entirely enclose the introvert area. Combinated with two artisanal walls of clay plaster it creates a warm, earth-like atmosphere for meditation. The dimmable light sculpture waves through the space, as a playful reference to the breathing exercises performed in this area.
A visually clean and calm appearance is accomplished by combining an array of different elements such as insulation, gutters, drainage pipes, sliding door rails. Both sheds have large sliding doors positioned diagonally opposite of each other. Once opened up completely, they enable a blurred use with inside and outside activities and provide a natural air flow throughout the building.
Photos: Pim Top