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With designers, everyday life has a habit of finding its way into their work. For VSHD Design’s Rania Hamed, it was a trip to the Canadian Centre for Architecture that, in part, inspired her recent facility for Dubai’s Warehouse Gym. In Hamed’s third location for the chain, the Montreal- and Dubai-based interior architect took the vivid lines and primary hues favoured by Italian legend Ettore Sottsass (whose work had been on view at the CCA) as a starting point for the airy change rooms in the 1,230-square-metre Springs Warehouse Gym.

“We always try to design the changing room with an element of surprise,” says Hamed. In a departure from the subterranean ambiance of the exercise area, white on the upper...

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