This serene spa and wellness centre has been built by David Chipperfield Architects. It occupies two floors of the historic hotel Cafe Royal in London, and creates a perfect balance between minimalist austerity and the old world elegance that surrounds it. This project is also an ode to some of the most exquisite textures. The spa features two carrara marble hammams, a Finish sauna in solid hemlock with domed ceiling, a stainless steel jacuzzi and solid marble private jacuzzis in the treatment rooms. I love how the idea of luxury has been approached in this design, by focusing on things that truly matter: open space, honest materials and the sense of simplicity and grace.
The Soldati House by Victor Vasilev is located in Carrara, Italy. It is a family home covering 530 sq.m over three floors. The owners wished for ultramodern and Milanese look but with contemporary domestic environment where function was not left behind. The featured element of square volumes is highly visible throughout: the geometry of a fireplace, sunken floor, art, bedroom furniture etc. The ceiling’s lighting is also incorporated as if to enrich the concept even further. A special treat built for the family is a private spa area with sauna, a large tub and a massage zone. Travertine marble and Indonesian teak were used as primary materials through which a level of easy elegance is translated. I love that the photographs shown were taken two years after the project was completed, providing us with a hint of lasting ultramodern effect the family desired.
Therme Vals is a hotel/spa in Vals, Switzerland. The architect, Peter Zumthor, is know for his desire for purity, clarity and simplicity, and it shows: the spa exists of nothing more than water, stone, light and sound: Mountain, stone, water – building in the stone, building with stone, into the mountain, building out of the mountain, being inside the mountain… (- Peter Zumthor) It all results in a natural and calming environment – ideal for a spa. Photography by Pedro Varela.