As we all figure out what the new normal is, we’re also thinking about the important role that recreation centres play in connecting people and communities through physical activity. Whether it’s an informal game of pick-up, an intense evening of intramural, or a solo training session; these facilities are a second space to unwind and connect. Our responsibility as designers of recreation spaces is to encourage and inspire. From natural daylight and ventilation, to acoustic separation and visual connection; these are the elements we can strategically deploy to increase mental stimulation and improve physical fitness. And it’s not just in the main fitness spaces such as gymnasia or studios; the same care and consideration is applied to the interstitial and connecting spaces such as foyers and corridors. These flexible and dynamic spaces throughout the facility create opportunities for people to occupy them in new ways that no one could foresee.