A Lesson In Combining Audacity With Aesthetics?

Having just returned from a super relaxing break in the Nation’s Capital, Abu Dhabi, celebrating Christmas there was only ever going to be one topic on our mind for today’s blog entry, Spa Design. I am almost positive that minus sleeping and eating during the past few days that relaxing in the Steam Room, Jacuzzi’s and Turkish baths of Le Meridien Abu Dhabi is where most of my time was spent.

To say it was heavenly spending those long hours in the quiet and serene spa would be an understatement, but like any workaholic I couldn’t completely switch off from the design world, it got me to thinking about spa design as a whole and how it is such a specialist trade in interior architecture and design. I have always loved spa design projects and having only really worked on one all the way through it is something that I am eager to pursue more with Studio EM, the one Spa that always stands out for me though is the stunning Therme Vals Spa in Switzerland.

The amazing Therme Vals Spa was designed by world famous architect &  2009 Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor. What was was most intriguing about this project was that it was an example of what we call backdated design (purely our own phrase) Zumthor designed the Spa so as it had a look and feel that predated the hotel complex it was part of. In essence it was to look like a natural Spa that had risen from the earth almost organically.. Perhaps the most amazing fact with this project is that it was created using 60,000 stone slabs of Valser quartzite and only two years after opening it was listed as a protected building, an incredible feat.

The spa has been described as “a lesson in combining audacity with aesthetics”, from the images below we have to agree with this, but I for one can’t help but think I might need another trip away soon to find out for sure. Have a look at the images below as well as a greater in-depth look into the project from Mr Peter Zumthor himself in the video.

To find our more information on this project you can view it on Arch Daily