HAGIUS: DESIGN-FORWARD GYM FOR FITNESS CLASSES THAT HARMONIZE BODY AND MIND

HAGIUS: DESIGN-FORWARD GYM FOR FITNESS CLASSES THAT HARMONIZE BODY AND MIND

You don’t even have to set foot inside Hagius to see that it is anything but an ordinary gym. Visible through the glass frontage of this former post office on Torstraße is a minimalist stone, metal and wood interior that is as soothing as it is stimulating. Step inside and you’re met not with blaring TV screens and fluorescent light strips, but flowing fabrics and aromatherapy. All this combines to give a vibe that’s more luxe urban loft than sweaty sports studio. Open since September 2021, the place is the creation of Timothy and Nicolas Hagius, two brothers from Berlin whose goal is not to make their clients simply work their muscles, but to develop physical and mental well-being in equal measure. That’s why they worked with Berlin architects Pierre Jorge Gonzalez and Judith Haase to create a stylish space that’s packed with high-spec kit, from smart lighting and sound systems to the innovative hairdryers in the shower rooms.

That said, this is first and foremost a place for working out, and as such it offers the usual drop-in classes like boxing, circuit sessions and pilates. The difference here is that class sizes are kept small, so you’re guaranteed to get personal attention. Also unique are the methods and styles used: the body awareness class for instance combines movement, mobility and play, while the soon-to-be-launched “wake up” sessions are designed around your circadian rhythm. The private Katonah yoga class we attended was a revelation: an innovative, dreamy style of Hatha that originates from New York, it’s led by the encouraging, patient Antonia who is one of only a handful of people in Germany qualified to teach it. After an indulgent post-session shower and a ginger shot, we left Hagius feeling revived, satisfied and looking forward to our return…

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Robert Rieger

Hagius, Torstr.105, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
You can view the class schedule and reserve your place online.

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