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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Merging Spaces

By Smita Singh
Photography: Luca Morandini; courtesy the architect


Poiano Resort Spa designed by Ar.Alberto Apostoli
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Few architects are able to dramatically merge spaces, but Alberto Apostoli struck gold when he was asked to design a Spa for the Poiano Resort. The project was unique from the start, and manifested the language of an extraordinary territory...

Handed a picturesque setting in the hills above the town of Garda in Italy, with views of the lake providing a natural background,  the challenge was to develop this spectacular location alongside a contemporary design. Alberto with his experience in the wellness industry did not take long fortifying a plan, where dualistic axiom of wellness and nature stood side-by-side. The final product is a spa, rich in views, seemingly in continuous dialogue with the outside world.

Poiano Resort Spa designed by Ar.Alberto Apostoli
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For Alberto, wellness is a total experience, not to be separated from the location. The ethos of this statement finds a direct take in the entrance, which is highlighted by a wall made of local stone, by local craftsmen in the traditional local technique; windows of different sizes filter the view to the pool area, almost instantly captivating the visitor.  The space takes on a different atmosphere during the day, with natural light filtering through; while at night, the pool is lit internally with different colours.

Poiano Resort Spa designed by Ar.Alberto Apostoli
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Poiano Resort Spa designed by Ar.Alberto Apostoli
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As for the Spa, the double glazed sauna is divided internally by a glass wall and so are the four showers in the front . This accentuates the overall space. This area is a series of suggestions and atmospheres all highlighted by the combined use of different materials coordinated in a refined format.
 
Poiano Resort Spa designed by Ar.Alberto Apostoli
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Poiano Resort Spa designed by Ar.Alberto Apostoli
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The treatment rooms were designed in coordination with the spa manager in order to optimize the treatment menu by having warm colours, soft lighting and textured treatment of doors and walls. The relaxation area is minimal; almost monastic, to give a feel of rejuvenation without clutter.

Poiano Resort Spa designed by Ar.Alberto Apostoli
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Alberto creates a space, where it is difficult to perceive the boundaries of the individual functions. He has achieved this by using stone, textured surfaces, natural colours, wood and glass: a very contemporary vocabulary in a traditionally-rooted engagement.

1 comment :

  1. Impressive spaces and designs! Very unique architectural masterpiece.

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