Chauvet adds club vibe to Saudi gyms
Monday, 29 November 2021
saudiTwo 1Rebel centres have opened in Riyadh
Saudi Arabia - Visitors to 1Rebel in Riyadh might easily think they’ve entered an upscale club were it not for the rows of treadmills, bikes and other exercise equipment that reveal its identity as a fitness centre. This is precisely the sort of image, management of the London-based gym hoped to create when they opened their two Saudi Arabian locations.
Their vision for their Middle East expansion was based on the success they had in the UK, offering guests a total experience.
AV designer Toby Jones worked with lighting designer Durham Marenghi, who he had also collaborated with in the UK. Together they endowed the new Saudi centres with the engaging look and feel that have become a signature of 1Rebel.
Helping them accomplish this was a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures. The team positioned Ovation, COLORado and ÉPIX strip fixtures within the four main concept spaces that define the 1Rebel experience: Reshape, Ride, Rumble, and Reflex.
“Our lighting brief from Marenghi was simple: stay consistent with the London venues and take it to the next level,” commented Jones. To execute this vision, lighting and video were employed within each of the gym’s studio/spaces to support the 1Rebel theme with energetic visuals.
In the Ride studio, for example, a total of 41 COLORado 1 Solo wash lights were positioned from the ceiling to illuminate the exercise bikes from above. Thanks to the generous zoom of the fixtures coupled with vivid colour rendering, a number of dynamic effects could be achieved within the space to heighten energy levels.
In the Rumble studio, 76 ÉPIX strip IP pixel bars were attached to the steel boxing structure, all pixel mapped using MADRIX software. The long and thin batten shapes of the ÉPIX fixtures functioned as ideal building blocks for the structure, providing the basis for pulsating illumination of the ring with bursts of kick out colour combinations.
“The setup in Rumble sounds simple, but the results were incredible,” said Jones. “The whole structure flows with moving light, bringing a genuinely unique experience to a boxing studio.”
In the Reflex (personal training) space, 10 COLORdash Par Quad 18s were hung evenly spaced on the ceiling. From this position, the RGBA fixtures, which are controlled through a ShowCAD touchscreen, easily change the mood in the room by washing it in an array of different colours.
Speaking of the Riyadh fitness centers, which were installed during the COVID lockdown, Jones noted, “Although we worked under a unique set of constraints, we were able to deliver something previously unseen in the regional industry.”

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