At the launch of the Thermal H2O® whirlpool bath collection at the Fuorisalone 2017 event, Jacuzzi asked to the experts in the fields of architecture, design and wellness, how the concept of well-being has changed over the last few years. In the final interviews, we realised that the tendency to go to a spa for medical treatments is reducing but to relax and unwind from the daily stress is increasing. It’s proved that an experience in a wellness centre can have a positive influence on the state of mind, providing huge benefits to the mental aspect of well-being as well as the physical.
To offer the best total-wellbeing experience, what is a must for any spa?
The architect Stefano Pediconi, who designs touristic structures and spa centres, confirms that a real must-have doesn’t properly exist, because each wellness centre is a custom-made design which must be planned based on the context and the location. For example, the planning of a hotel must go in a complete different direction than the one of a day spa. It’s important not to focus on something that is standardised, but use creativity to develop a wellness path in non-conventional spaces. In this way, the need of the customers to try a new experience until wellness is fulfilled.
In Patrizia Pozzi’s (specialist architect in Landscape design) opinion, it’s necessary that a wellness centre is designed in such a way to guarantee a direct contact with nature. The water is surely a fundamental element for a spa, but in order to reach a complete well-being state, the human body should get in touch with other elements and natural materials like wood, sand and plants.
The designer Dodo Arslan, underlines the importance of the accessibility to a wellness centre: it should make the clients feel at their ease starting from the easiness on accessing the treatments. The customer’s wellbeing has to be set as the starting point of any service, from the water temperature regulation, to the choice of treatments and massages. The client should always feel himself in the centre all the way through the experience, like if anything was designed specifically for him.
For the architect and interior designer Matteo Nunziati, it’s necessary to have a total vision on the architecture, to create a precise balance through all its components. Therefore, there is no fixed “must-have” for the design of a spa, but it’s important to create architectural projects that can balance the functional, innovative and technological aspects with the aesthetical component: in this way, it all becomes poetry and reaches a wonderful result.