When it comes to exploring the concept of refreshment in an architectural context, what better place to go than a spa? While robe-clad revelers might argue that the bulk of relaxation there comes courtesy of a massage therapist’s hands or the precise physical empathy of an expert aestetician, there’s something to be said for the space itself, too. Lighting, acoustics and other carefully-considered architectural elements can effect the mood, energy and feel of a space, elevating a mere brick and mortar building into something of a sacred space.
milk + Honey
milk + honey welcomes guests with warm wood and a modern environment. Working with Baldridge Architects to design their headquarters, this large site incorporates salon, spa, and office space in the heart of downtown Austin. Here, similar to its other locations around town, milk + honey showcases quality products in a simple and beautiful arrangement that fill the walls upon entering.
The lounge area gives access to treatment rooms and provides guests with a soothing quiet space protected from the noise of the street. With numerous fabrics, exposed concrete, and a wood slatted wall, the lounge incorporates a range of elements that come together in perfect harmony.
The manicure and pedicure area is a bright space with windows and white sheer curtains allowing natural light to fill the room for a clean look. A cushioned banquette lines the walls with open nail stations for socializing and mingling.
The salon is wrapped by a window wall facing Cesar Chavez, which activates the spa with the street level of downtown. The tall vertical elements of each station mimics the window system and breaks up the linear room.
Designed by Sanders Architecture, the AWAY Spa in downtown Austin features many amenities to refresh and detox from the business of city life. Located on the 4th floor of the W Hotel, the spa offers a full range of services including facials, body treatments, and hot stone services. The mirrored front desk welcomes guests into a tranquil lobby with silver floors and lacquered walls.
Each locker room is provided with refreshments, lounge seating, and drapery walls which provides guests a cozy environment to prepare before their treatment. The clean white leather contrasts the soft fabric surrounding it.
The modern take on classic products such as the Victorian bench below the vanity and the geometrically extruded chandelier accent the white lacquer lockers and grey walls.
The VIP massage room provides a large dimly-lit space for couples to detox with a massage. Overall, the AWAY Spa encourages guests to get away and refresh in a variety of ways through the design each space.
Writing and Photography by: Chase Daniel
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