Rumors of a starchitect demise are premature. Adventurous star architects are straying beyond their unique structures (dipping their toes into infinity pools and trying their hand at Lomi Lomi massages)—by designing spas. Trendy hotels, resorts and their privileged guests are the chief beneficiaries. Here are eight starchitect-designed spas (recently completed or under construction) to explore.
Zaha Hadid: One Thousand Museum, MiamiIs there any question who designed this? Among her final projects, Hadid (designer of London’s Olympic Aquatic Centre) takes another lap around the pool in her only U.S. residential project. Beaming with sunlight, this “museum-quality” condo has an upper-level double-height aquatic center and a lower-level spa overlooking a sculptural Sun & Swim Terrace. It includes massage and beauty treatment rooms, rain showers, steam and sauna, plunge pools, relaxation lounge, and indoor-outdoor fitness areas.
Bjarke Ingels: Grove at Grand Bay, MiamiBjarke Ingel’s 98-unit twin towers (20-stories each) in Coconut Grove twist at a 38-degree angle which optimizes Biscayne Bay views and creates a distinctive condominium layout with five pools (two rooftop, terrace-style, indoor) and a 1,700-square-foot spa with private, open-air treatment rooms that are both meditative and vegetative (lush walls and gardens). There’s even a pet spa.
Thomas Juul-Hansen: 11 Beach Street, New York CityTribeca’s “downtown-inspired” 11 Beach Street includes three tranquil neighborhood townhouses, each with sleek subterranean spas which Juul-Hansen calls “extraordinarily unusual” for New York City. These private spas boast floor-to-ceiling imported stone, a custom 50-foot-long stainless steel pool with glass wall, steam room, sauna, rainforest shower, and lounge and exercise zones—serene underground spaces far from the city noise.
Kengo Kuma: Yunfeng Spa Resort, Tengchong, ChinaThe star Japanese architect’s Taoism-inspired spa resort utilizes locally-quarried gray and green stones assembled in a mosaic construction to form pixellated walls, roofs and paved walkways. Located next to a sacred Taoism mountain, the spiritual spa represents simplicity and harmony with earth (particularly the surrounding forest) via individual bungalows, serene courtyard gardens, plunge pools, wooden patios, smooth stone ledges, and meditative pillows and soft lighting.
Isay Weinfeld: Fasano Miami Beach, Miami
Forbes.com | May 31, 2016