Project Description


BXR is London’s first boutique, boxing themed gym located at Chiltern Street in Marylebone, and is backed by IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua.

The site has a 6-metre-high triple glass frontage and spans 12,000 sq. ft. across ground & lower ground floors. Its centrepiece is a full-size boxing ring, which adds rawness and authenticity to the venue.

DHA Designs were appointed as lighting designers, and asked Architainment to provide the lighting control and dynamic lighting elements for the project.

The lighting control is engineered around the Philips Dynalite solution, and each floor uses a custom-built control enclosure made by Architainment.

A Philips Dynalite AntumbraDisplay user interface at reception is designated as a master controller, and allows full control of all lighting on site. Additional AntumbraDisplays are located in the three basement studios and each treatment room, enabling the lighting in each room to be independently adjusted as required.

The LCDs of all user interfaces are branded with the BXR logo, and are prevented from unauthorised use by a lock out feature. Once unlocked a series of icons are displayed that provide users with intuitive operation.

The exposed brick walls on either side of the boxing ring feature bespoke 20 ft. murals of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Sugar Ray Leonard. To accentuate these works of art, each wall is illuminated by two Philips Color Kinetics ColorBlast Powercore gen4 luminaires. These are programmed to come on in the evenings as the gym closes to the public, and run a series of dynamic effects which are visible outside through the external glass wall on Chiltern Street.

An input panel for external DMX control has also been provided beside the boxing ring, and provides local control of the ColorBlast Powercore gen4 units for special events.

To take advantage of any natural light that comes into the venue via the front glazing, the lighting system uses daylight harvesting and adjusts the light levels in the gym accordingly.

In addition to working closely with DHA Designs throughout the project, Architainment Technical Services commissioned the complete solution into operation, and provided training for the client.


Lighting design – DHA Designs

Images – Peter Fordham, DHA Designs