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Sanitas Per Aquam
Technical and aesthetic requirements of wellness facilities
F.T., August 18, 2008
Institut naturel Cari
Institut naturel Cari
 
When attempting to create such rarefied atmospheres, it is very important to consider the contribution of lighting, as in the New York Palace Hotel in Budapest (designed by Simone Micheli) with its blue led spotlights set into the curves of walls covered with a laminate material printed with images of coloured ice. In other cases, as in Younique Luxury Wellness Center in Milan by Matteo Nunziati, different light scenarios are created to modify our perception of space in relation to the treatments performed in different areas. Scenographic effects are created in the sauna, where the ceiling is illuminated by Swarovski crystals creating even more rarefied effects in the room. Simone Micheli's projects use an estranging "non-place" effect to create architectures involving all five senses - look, taste, touch, hear, smell: "It's a three-dimensional manifesto of the possible and intentional combination of architecture, sensoriality and well-being,... plastic and fluid forms,... a magnificent unreal dream... between matter, surfaces, light, colour, sound, scent and water".

SPA HOUSE
SPA HOUSE
 
In the Acanto Day Spa in Rome, architects Marco and Gianluigi Giammetta "wanted to create an architectural space representing the synthesis of multisensorial experimentation in which each of the senses has a full, purified life of its own" and used Barrisol, a latest generation plastic membrane supported by a structure of steel profiles which makes it possible to create an environment with ectoplasmatic forms that have no corners: a state of "amniotic suspension", of detachment from external reality.

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