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A timeless languages characterizes the LongLife Health Spa in Castrocaro

èdoc architects

Interior  /  Completed
èdoc architects

The LongLife Health SPA is an important redevelopment project within the historic spa complex of the Grand Hotel in Castrocaro. A land famous for its precious waters and thermal mud recently brought back to the center of a new concept of wellness and body care by Lucia Magnani Health Clinic. The project, which was entirely designed and completed within 9 months, involved the construction of exclusive wellness rooms that is an extension of the main thermal SPA in the basement. A set of specific cabins were designed for various usages; face-body thermal, cosmetic and beauty treatments, Ayurveda and suites for exclusive private SPA experiences. Respecting a historical context of great value, the project searched a dialogue with this important heritage, thus developing a timeless language capable of combining the elements of the Deco world with the characteristics of contemporary design. A completely tailor-made design with precious materials such as Wenge wood, glazed ceramics, metal finishes like brass and galvanics was realized by local companies and artisans An essential theme of the project was the management of electrical and mechanical systems, which made it necessary to have a close and constant dialogue with all the technicians from the very beginning of the design process in order to guarantee perfect integration of the system components in the interior design. Each cabin has a supply of Sulphurous, Salsobromoiodic and mineral water which was possible to select through a custom made panel. All pipes (3 for each type of water) were placed in technical cabinets inside each room in where the solenoid valves control the selection of each water type. A fundamental aspect in the design of the interiors was to minimize the impact of the many system components so as to be perfectly integrated within all environments, thus allowing the maximum aesthetic appreciation of the finishes and materials chosen. The creation of the new layout inside the existing structure (which was in an another section and without any kind of historical value) required demolition works that could only be possible by carrying out an important consolidation and structural reinforcement of the area. Therefore a secondary steel structure was built in order to absorb the loads of upper floors of the hotel. Thus the interior design project had to integrate these structural elements through design, which were "incorporated" in the compositional choices of the areas, without any perception of this important intervention. The project reorganized the floor plan in order to adapt the new internal paths: the most important intervention involved the demolition of masonry walls to create the new reception of the SPA. From here begins the long corridor that leads to the various cabins, a corridor rhythmized by material elements such as stone effect gres and wallpaper with plant motifs. A long wenge boiserie hides the cabin doors that open towards spaces that are all different from each other and strongly evocative. Each cabin has in fact been designed to be perceived as a small isolated world and each of them has a different character / identity . In each space it is possible to experience diverse suggestions that surprise the visitor through atmospheres obtained by carefully designed lighting. Particular attention was paid to the diffusion of chromotherapy which can be activated by touch panels that allow the selection of the entire chromatic spectrum. For the best possible experience, a particular ceiling has been designed consisting of a dome like structure that allows optimal diffusion of the LED light. Thanks to the special shape, the light spreads around the room guaranteeing a real bath of light. In addition to traditional treatment rooms for body/ face massage, there is also a holistic cabin for treatments on the ground, equipped with tatami mats on which it is possible to perform shiatsu massages. The two suites in the end of the corridor, connected to each other through an internal passage, offer complete private SPA experiences. The suite with the Sauna and Onsen tub is an environment completely dedicated to the fusion of Japanese and Finnish culture designed with strongly contrasted materials to create an intimate space. The suite with Hammam, introducing arabesque marble and cedar woods, aim to reinterpret the sense of oriental atmosphere. Finally, the two specific cabins were dedicated to Lucia Magnani Skincare, an Italian cosmetic company of high end products made with the precious thermal waters of Castrocaro. The main design criteria was to create rooms that can be used both as treatment areas and products’ showcase. In the design process , the aim was to interpret values of the brand such as purity, luminosity and elegance through space. In order to obtain this goal a special attention was given to lighting design and the selection of materials such as onyx, rose gold metal and glass. One of the fundamental aspect of Lucia Magnani Skincare is the scientific research behind. The glass spheres, which give the perception of floating in the air, represents the harmonic vibration of the skin cells obtained by the products. In addition, these spheres exhibit the product line: their transparency, lightness express and valorize the philosophy of the brand without suppressing the actual products and packaging made by designer Marc Rosen.

Credits

 Castrocaro Terme
 09/2019
 450
 1100000
 Federico Dottorini, Hande Y. Dottorini
 Federico Dottorini, Hande Y. Dottorini, Régis Boudon-Doris
 Stylcasa
 bbspa&partners
 Starpool, Aquaform, Laminam, Marazzi, Florim, Ceramica Bardelli, Glamora, Gessi, Delightfull, Lemi, A1 Arredamenti, Mg12, Dea Illuminazione, Ciaf Arredobagno, Stargrafic, L.A.A.I, Meozzi Mobili, Mirko Argnani design & Furniture
 Federico Dottorini

Curriculum

èdoc architects is an architecture and interior design studio founded in 2017 by the Italian-Turkish architects Federico Dottorini and Hande Y. Dottorini, after the graduation from Politechnic of Milan and several professional paths obtained in Italy and Turkey.
A young and dynamic practice unifies two distinct trainings and paths, which complement each other; makes heterogeneity and the exchange of ideas, collaborations and comparison, an indispensable base of work to face the challenges of an increasingly specialized world.
The studio, focused in the design of hotel - spa and residential interiors, works with an artisanal approach that each time adapts the project to the nature of the place in which it is inserted, to its context and to the economic and material resources. A careful design research that expresses its roots every time: union of timeless Italian elegance and Oriental charm.

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