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Paris made fitness a lot more fun with a sailing gym

By on 16th January 2017
Photo: Carlo Ratti Associati

Exercising while seeing a little of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. That’s the dream right? Well, you can actually do that with the Paris Navigation Gym: A twenty meter long fitness boat that cruises up and down the river Seine powered by its passengers.

It is designed by International design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati in collaboration with non-profit architecture group Terreform ONE, the urban regeneration institute URBEM and fitness machine manufacturer Technogym, that delivered the machines used to power the floating vehicle.

This arc of athletics offers access to everyone, up to 45 people at a time. While working out, passengers become part of investigating the potential of ‘harnessing human power. At the same time Paris Navigation Gym offers a new urban experience that further integrates the river into the French capitals infrastructure.

Augmented-reality screens installed on the boat will show guests both the quantity of energy sourced from the workout, and data about the Seine’s environmental conditions, tracked in real time by sensors incorporated on the vessel.

To further enhance the user experience the top half of the boat consists of a transparent glass walls and a glass roof that can be opened in the summer, offering a panoramic view on the city of light. At night the boat can even be used for parties and celebrations according to the Carlo Ratti website.

More info: Website

Photo: Carlo Ratti Associati