This week our chosen design concept is the spa. A place of pampering and relaxation, health and recovery. Some of us have the luxury of having one in our own homes whilst others have to seek out a spa -but that's how it is! Anyway, we thought we'd take a look at some inspiring spa designs from around Europe to give you some ideas if you're designing your own spa complex or installing a domestic one (or even if you just like to look at them!). Enjoy…
Look at this; how beautiful it this scene? It goes without saying that we like this design by Studio D73 a lot: the combination of natural and finished wood combine harmoniously and create a remarkably relaxed scene. In contrast to the straights of the wooden grain we find the curved lines and circular inlays surrounding them that breaking up the flow in a very admirable manner.
As we move closer, we see the great detail in the unfinished wooden surfaces. This would be a tranquil place for anyone to relax in!
From large public saunas to domestic ones, a sauna is a place to release tensions and sweat out the toxins we put into ourselves on a regular basic! Lighting is an interesting area in saunas because (depending on its position) of its general wooden slat design. Ultimately (and as with any room design), the lighting will greatly alter the personality of a sauna: from mellow and calm to intense and brightly lit from beneath the surfaces. In this design, the geometric patterns created by the wooden slats are emphasised even more by the emitted light, from behind.
Space, freshness and style are the first three things that jump out of this spa scene -a modest natural light intake and sanitary feel, throughout, give an additional impression health and well-being too. A pair of designer sun-loungers meeting at the side of the jacuzzi over an intensely dark sea of wooden decking! Very nice…
A nice salt bath at the end of the day, after work, is always good for a cleanse. The mood set by these wall angled lights, speaks volumes about just how relaxing a spa, like this one, can be. A shapely layout and a smooth finish to this nature spa in Spain by Gunitec Concept Pools.
No spa is complete without a stylish pool, one that breaths calm and well-being right the way through. The dark stone walls and floor do a great job of capturing that harsh but direct light protected by the wall mounts and give the floor that spotlight effect that works so well in the room. Want some more tips on lighting? Have a look at our ideabook 'Lighting—how to make the most of colour'