Design Seen: September/October 2014

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London: Laps of Luxury 

The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park’s new pool and fitness center is swimming in smart style. 

A recently completed 6,500-square-foot fitness facility conceived by the New York–based designer Adam Tihany incorporates a technology that promises to make a splash with lap swimmers. Guests who use the sleekly styled gym at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park (+44.20.7235.2000, www.mandarinoriental.com) can utilize the pulsing light system, from Bodan, to program their desired lap time and swim duration. The device takes the information and translates it into a “chasing” display of LED lights at the bottom of the pool that helps the swimmer keep pace. The 17-meter-long, two-lane heated pool is composed of stainless steel—chosen for its structural strength and hygienic properties—and is part of a 2,150-square-foot pool area that includes Basaltina stone walls and floors, a handmade mosaic wall, a fireplace, and 4 Senses lounge chairs by Inviion. In the adjacent fitness room, Technogym equipment and well-appointed relaxation areas maintain the emphasis on intelligent workout style.