The spa is on the edge of a holiday home development in 650 acres of regenerated landscape bordering a retreating industrial gravel works. The brief was to create an oasis of calm adjacent to this otherwise marginal boundary. We wanted to create a language that borrowed from the existing portal frame context but developed a new identity.
The relationship between inside and outside is blurred, creating a sense of ‘a spa in nature’. Basalt tiles and Siberian Larch cladding on the outside of the building extend to the interior. A slide-away glazed corner welcomes users onto views of the lakeside.
Modern detailing and natural materials enhance the restorative and tactile experience. A meeting of fire, light and water at the crossing of the hearth, showers and rooflight is a key moment on the path between dry and wet areas.
We wanted the building to ‘get out of the way’, giving one a feeling of being left in peace and so we concealed all possible sign of the workings. Externally, we restricted all service penetrations on the standing seam roof. Internally, a stretched-fabric ceiling, which is a vapour barrier and acoustic dampener, hides air ducts. The infinity edge of the pool creates an acoustic trickle that makes the gravel bagging plant beyond barely audible.
The spa combines a sense of peace with the social and physical needs of resident families. The social hub is the Clubroom, which acts as a shared Living space which is an extension of their own homes.