A LIFESTYLE CLUB
Lakeshore Athletic Club Flatiron
Forget just fitness, the Lakeshore Athletic Club Flatiron in Broomfield, Colo., was designed to be a "lifestyle club," devoted to serving the whole family head-to-toe, from rooftop tennis to pedicures.
The club is named for the nearby Flatiron rock formations, which stand as natural landmark in an ever-developing and bustling Colorado corridor.
"We're in the perfect spot between the city of Boulder and the city of Denver, with lots of commuters going in both directions," says David Coffey, general manager. "One of the things that's different about this club is the Kidshore area, It's 10,000-square-feet that's dedicated to children's activities. It's a club within a club."
Beyond mere baby-sitting services, this kids' club is designed for all ages from infants to teens and includes an independent entrance, video-game lobby, multipurpose court, nursery, toddler play area and a party room.
Another club amenity catering more to adults is the Waves Day Spa, offering a relaxing menu of massages, facials, body treatments, manicures and pedicures.
"We knew there was a market for it," Coffey says. "And to have a complete club you need a spa."
That "complete club" feeling is intended to trigger as soon as visitors walk through the door.
"You basically see everything from that first impression," says Donaldo Visani, project architect with Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative in Denver. "Throughout as much as possible, we attempted to maintain that open feel, both from an aesthetic point of view and a management point of view."
Although the spacious indoor views are appealing, they are also purposefully easier for staff to monitor the facility.
While the facility's private owners wanted tennis facilities to complete the mix of activities, unfortunately no more room was available at the site. So the designers had to look elsewhere, or more accurately, up.
"Tennis on the roof was a challenge," Visani says, albeit an essential activity as well as a distinguishing feature to the club. "Both as an amenity and a calling card, the tennis on the roof is an important part of the concept. Although it was easy from a planning point of view, from a construction standpoint, it's a little more difficult."
While building traditional tennis courts on the ground would've been less complicated and less expensive, however more challenging, the rooftop court space has its upsides.
"It advertises itself," Visani says. "You have it within the control of the building envelope. It's closer, and it provides some great views."
Rooftop tennis, anyone?