Intimate spa

Alberto Apostoli

Macon is an elegant town situated along the banks of the river Saône, the Burgundy door for those coming from southern France. In a lane of the historical centre, a few steps from the Church of St. Pierre, is an ideal location for the new Atrium Spa & Beauté centre of aesthetics and wellness.

Distributed on two levels, the facility welcomes its guests on the ground floor in an elegant New Baroque style dedicated to beauty treatments for the face, hands and hair. A porcelain white staircase guide us down to the spa in the basement, the true heart of the Centre; a magical medieval atmosphere characterized by a vaulted roof completely made of stone that recall an old crypt. The surface measures approximately 270 sqm and includes a wet area with Finnish sauna and steam bath, a Jacuzzi area with emotional shower and relaxation area, a treatment area with two single cabins and one for couples, and even a small corner studied to enjoy herbal teas.

Being rather limited in height and without wide openings, the environment presented major technical difficulties especially for the installation of the necessary air conditioning systems while respecting the aesthetics of the masonry.

“Since the first inspection I realized the great expressive and design possibilities of the space, but at the same time, the considerable structural and plant engineering complications”, explains Alberto Apostoli. “We tried to create emotion through a project that should cover a simple layout but impressive in terms of lighting, materials research and attention to detail, in line with our professional profile.”

1. hydromassage tub
2. tub technical room
3. hammam
4. finnish sauna
5. body scrub
6. ice fountain
7. fountain technical room
8. hammam technical room
9. realxation room
10. sensory shower
11. entrance
12. herbal teas
13. dressing room
14. toilet
15. single massage room
16. deposit
17. twin massage room
18. face & body treatment
19. closet & technical room

The proposed solution has fully met all technical and aesthetic needs, thanks to the intuition of combining plant elements with props.

“The project is characterised by a long curved hallway whose one side leads to the wet area and the other towards the treatment. In it we build the facility housing all ducts, by hiding them behind a cloth stretched and backlit. The vents are well mixed in the graphics printed on the cloth that recalls the local vines of Macon, famous for its Chardonnay. Thus we avoided the usual ceiling placement of the vents that would have reduced the little height available.”

Special attention has been paid to lighting, designed to give breath rather cramp space. It is almost entirely indirect, obtained through RGB led strips, managed by a DALI system and positioned along the outline of the vault (in order to draw attention to its curvature) or at the bottom of the bar, which seems to float in the air. To balance the weight of the stone and make the environment more refined, the chosen colours are white, black and gold. Studio Apostoli sought to favour Italian products such as the ceramics by Atlas Concorde, the mosaics by SICIS, the paintings and even treatment beds by Lemi.

Some objects were custom designed, like the large lamp which incorporates the logo of the Spa, located in the relaxation room. All furniture is customized, as the many mirrors and the large glass surfaces, necessary to “open” the environment as much as possible. Highlighted by a few light spots on the floor, the refined ellipsoidal mosaic that leads guests to the wet area, shows fine stoneware cuts.

“We especially like the combination of existing stone materials and contemporary materials even more audacious, integrated through a very graphic creative journey. The property has relied entirely upon our view and this has led to an important outcome from the point of view of both technological and stylistic consistency. Proving that even in small projects it is possible to reach, with due attention and caution, remarkable results in terms of creativity and wellness.”