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A boutique wellness precinct in a New York-style warehouse: Meet AEQUUS Movement and The Woolstore

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You wake before the sun and head downstairs. The corridors are silent as you walk past the fern garden and slip into the sleek magnesium lap pool.

By the time you’re finished, the sun has risen, warming the wooden pool deck under your feet. After a leisurely rinse in the outdoor shower, river stones cool under your feet, a slow few minutes in the sauna pulls the tension from your muscles. You had a class at the boutique gym next door yesterday, and this is the perfect antidote.

Feel like you’re in a boutique wellness retreat? You’re not wrong. Except that the retreat is a hop, skip and a lift ride from your apartment, right in the heart of Kingston’s Kingsborough precinct.

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Just as Kingsborough’s apartments, townhouses, lofts and penthouses were designed to be as diverse as the residents who would one day occupy them, this same creative thinking has been applied to the precinct’s wellness offerings, which have just been unveiled.

Instead of a stock-standard pool and a room of random gym equipment, an immersive, holistic wellness experience awaits, designed to nourish the community inside and out. Now welcoming both residents and non-residents alike, Kingsborough’s AEQUUS Movement is nothing short of remarkable.

Credit: Pew Pew Studio.

Featuring a 25-metre magnesium two-lane lap pool with a pool deck that’s perfect for lazy summer reading, a Scandinavian-style sauna and boutique gym with a tailored menu of functional fitness classes, AEQUUS Movement goes above and beyond the normal offerings of a residential development—although this should come as no surprise for those familiar with Kingsborough.

After all, this is the development that commissioned five different architects to design seven unique offerings across 14,000 square metres to ensure a diversity of design.

The same development that has created not only an urban oasis—with their village square boasting a bustling bike shop, yoga studio, psychologist, coffee roastery with taproom, and eighty/twenty café—but a tight-knit community.

Founder of AEQUUS Movement, Shannon Breen, is understandably excited to introduce this boutique wellness offering to the Kingsborough community.

“The approach to health at AEQUUS Movement is very holistic and revolves around having balance not just in the body but in life, to promote optimal wellness,” she explains.

“Community is part of Kingsborough and that’s how the gym operates—the classes will promote community and you’ll make friends for life.”

Shannon Breen at AEQUUS Movement. Credit: Pew Pew Studio.

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that AEQUUS Movement—Latin for ‘balance’—is all about nourishing both the body and mind.

The gym component of AEQUUS Movement is sleek, modern and highly functional. Small, COVID-safe group classes will be available, as well as traditional personal training, with Shannon adding that members are able to come and train at any time of the day, with membership granting access to the entire gym, pool and sauna complex and available to both residents and non-residents.

After a decade working across Canberra’s fitness industry, Shannon is excited to bring her knowledge and passion to Kingsborough.

“There will be two styles of classes: Strength, and Conditioning,” she explains. “I’ve been in the fitness industry for 10 years and from that experience—all the gyms I’ve worked in, all the trainers I’ve trained with—I know that this is what works, this is what people need.”

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But AEQUUS Movement isn’t the only newcomer to Kingsborough this spring. The precinct’s final residential offering has just been unveiled—and they may have saved the best for last.

Offering two-bedroom-, two-bathroom apartments, The Woolstore has been created in the image of a New York-style converted warehouse, and from the outside, that’s exactly how you’d imagine the building started its life, right down to the recycled red bricks and sky-high mural of Canberra’s architects, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin, on the southern face.

But there are none of the headaches of a conversion here. Instead, The Woolstore’s high-ceilinged apartments are spacious and light-filled while staying perfectly climate controlled, with striking concrete walls and arched windows giving each apartment a serious dose of industrial chic.

Terrazzo tiles, oak-engineered timber floors and thoughtfully designed layouts mean that The Woolstore’s apartments are perfect for downsizers, flatmates and young professionals alike, with spacious winter gardens providing the option of indoor-outdoor balcony styling, a home office, or even a third bedroom.

Upstairs, a rooftop terrace with a BBQ area, citrus trees and dining spaces mean you can take advantage of Kingsborough’s views across southern Canberra and the lake. Sunset drinks, anyone?

With apartments starting at $460,000, there’s never been a better time to embrace Kingsborough’s unique community. Not to mention the fact that AEQUUS Movement is housed at the base of The Woolstore, meaning that perfect morning is moments away…

Want to try AEQUUS? For a limited time, your first conditioning class is free. Sign up for your free pass at aequusmovement.com.au.

Find out more about AEQUUS Movement at aequusmovement.com.au and the Woolstore at kingsborough.com.au/woolstore

Feature image: Pew Pew Studio.

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