THE THEATRICAL SPA by NOA: A New, Fresh Concept of the Traditional Spa

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Completed in 2018 with 430 m2, the Theatrical Spa is a new wellness area that devised as a theatre with some different interpretations of the available space. Designed by NOA* Network of Architecture, this project is a new, fresh take on the traditional Spa concept located at the Mohr Life Resort in Lermoos, Austria with a new glass and cement structure.

Overview

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The Mohr Life Resort’s new wellness area was inaugurated on October 208 in Lermoos. This area is one of the oldest skiing areas in Tirol just an 80-km drive from Innsbruck. The Hotel itself has plenty of history with a new glass and cement structure built on a gentle slope located below the hotel. It offers a unique view across the spacious Ehrwalder Becken valley peppered with old barns and farmhouses.

 

Design

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The wellness area stretches out across 600 sqm, featuring an outdoor area with a swimming pool and a roofed infrastructure built from scratch. The two buildings are connected by a latter via a central extension into the spa. The cement and glass structure extends to create an artificial rib that mirrored by the dry stone walls. This project is specially designed by considering the gently sloping terrain and it develops across two levels to create a height difference to allow for a swimming pool creation.

 

Structure

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The light and sober building obtained by the simple shapes’ aggregation in the landscape with glass cubes placed across the two levels, creating a structural grid for the skeleton of the edifice. By using a reflective glass surface, an unexpected, scenic effect can be delivered while the pool runs along the length of the Spa’s glass front. The outer structure is all stark shapes and lines, becoming more organic and softer. The building is also enriched by the tension from the contrast between indoor and outdoor language.

 

Spaces

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The relaxation areas are developed to look like theatre stages with a stunning view across the mountain and every ‘booth’ includes two deckchairs featuring different designs. There are open, spacious areas with huge swings that enshrouded by drapery or metal cones with closed balconies.

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The changing booths, showers, a spa and scenic sauna for approximately 20 people featuring a mini bistro reminiscent of cinema halls, a lobby and bar for refreshments, and a private lounge can be found on the ground floor. There is also a scenic spiral staircase that pinpoints the center of the building and takes revelers to the first floor.

 

Outdoor

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The natural extension of the wellness area is represented by the swimming pool. This pool features chill-out areas boasting different sensorial experiences and extends into the open. The structure overlooking the pool is reflected by the six ‘island boxes’ dot the water basin. The outdoor and indoor elements of this pool also feature ‘islands’ that offer guests the essential and original experiences.

 

Materials

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This project has a contemporary touch that comes from the integration of glass and cement. The glass can create a harmonious balance between the landscape and the building while the cement outlines the building structure and its facade. The building floors are overlaid with a continuous resin coating.

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For the lights and furnishings, there are 20 islands of the new spa were designed by the architect and produced by artisans. For the colors and textures, the exterior of the building has nature’s different hues that come from the reflective surface while the textiles and colors inside are inspired by the theatre stages.

 

THE THEATRICAL SPA Gallery

 

Photography: Alex Filz and noa* network of architecture

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