The Abingdon Spa is a final year undergraduate design project that intends to redefine the way in which spa's are designed and experienced.
The spas mix of Hi-Tech exterior and unique material driven interior create an extraordinary type of building that utilises numerous interdisciplinary techniques into its design and construction. The exterior is designed to celebrate structural technology and evoke a sensation of delicacy, tension and equilibrium between the rooms and the crane like structures.
Inside the building are two different types of rooms. The utility rooms such as a changing rooms and toilets are designed with a bare and generic utilitarian aesthetic, intending to suspend the occupant’s anticipation of a relaxing atmosphere. These rooms are designed to be walked through from one side to the other.
The second type of room is the relaxation room’s. These are uniquely designed in relation to their intended purpose such as pools, saunas, Turkish baths, and exercise rooms all with their own particular atmosphere and sensations by using a variety of exotic materials and differing lighting conditions.
The way the building is designed creates a step-by-step process for the occupant; this process uses the aesthetic of the two different types of rooms and the outside elements such as weather and temperature to create a series of different sensations before the occupants reach the final relaxation rooms where they are greeted by the overwhelming sensation of the opulent interiors.
For information about the construction process and sustainability agendas created for the spa please go to the spa construction page for more details.