the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Articles
  3. Terme Olimia Wellness Spa / Enota

Terme Olimia Wellness Spa / Enota

Terme Olimia Wellness Spa / Enota
Courtesy of Enota
Courtesy of Enota

The project proposal for the new Terme Olimia wellness spa, designed by Enota, is located in the very center of a well-known ski resort, Kranjska Gora in Slovenia. With rethinking the local building characteristics completely, the new spa building exhibits attractive design and despite its distinctive and extensive program maintains the town’s unified look. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kranjska Gora is a well-known ski resort town, almost qualifying as luxury, at least in the context of Slovenia. It lies on a plain by the source of the Sava Dolinka river and is encircled, particularly in the south, by a picturesque mountain landscape. The town has ample visitor accommodation but lacks indoor activities that are not weather-dependent. The Terme Olimia Wellness Spa is a welcome secondary tourist feature to complement the basic attractions of the high seasons, i.e. skiing in the winter and mountaineering in the summer. In fact, in the spring and autumn off-seasons, the spa can serve even as one of the main programmes, extending the tourist season over the entire year. As shown by various other tourist towns in the Alps, this is a proven recipe and one that is certainly justified and even essential if Kranjska Gora is to undergo a transformation from a winter-sports centre into a contemporary tourist town with visitors in all seasons.

Courtesy of Enota
Courtesy of Enota

The location of the new spa is in the very centre of Kranjska Gora, on the site of a disused railway station. The building is located by the municipal hall and the primary school, which are encircled by residential buildings of smaller volumes. Due to its distinctive and extensive program, the building of the wellness spa references the mass of the larger public buildings. Its appearance accommodates local building characteristics, thereby maintaining the town’s unified look. Owing to consistent use of typical regional construction elements, the town of Kranjska Gora exhibits a surprising unity of style despite its considerable expansion in recent years. The two key defining regional characteristics are the Alpine gable roof with a steep pitch and the simple elongated building mass. Due to its dominating surface, the roof is in effect the only facade of the new spa building. The wooden roof elements covering the vertical glass facade blend the building with its surroundings and simultaneously direct the interior views at the picturesque surroundings.

Courtesy of Enota
Courtesy of Enota

The program needed for efficient operation of the thermal centre is too extensive for the scale of the surroundings. Consequently, approximately half of the building’s surfaces had to be placed below ground level. In order to conduct natural lighting to the program surfaces located in this part of the building, incisions are made in the soil, which at the same time allows for the security fence around the exterior swimming pool to be considerably lower and not obstruct the view of the passers-by. Two expanded incisions house the access points for pedestrians and cars.

Courtesy of Enota
Courtesy of Enota

The program is divided into the swimming pool area and the wellness section with saunas and massage parlours. Since the majority of visitors to Kranjska Gora have traditionally been families and many visitors will be arriving to the spa with their children, this fact was given special attention. The spaces for young visitors are introverted and located in the dug-in section of the building where the noise will not affect other visitors. There are adrenaline rides provided for more independent children and youngsters, and shallow pools for the younger children to play in. By means of various smaller surfaces on different levels, a contiguous transition of the space into the above-ground part of the building is achieved; this ensures diversity and appeal of the interior despite simple design while for the spaces under the ground level, it also neutralises the feeling of being dug in. Under the “sloping roof”, there are a massage and beauty centre and a sauna section with accompanying resting surfaces, which feature a beautiful view of the mountainous surroundings. The program terminates on the sunny exterior roof of the building, which is hidden from outside views.

Courtesy of Enota
Courtesy of Enota

Architect: Enota Location: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Project Team: Dean Lah, Milan Tomac, Polona Ruparčič, Nuša Završnik Šilec, Nebojša Vertovšek, Alja Černe, Andrej Oblak Type: commission Year: 2011 Status: in progress Size: 12.200 m2 Client: Terme Olimia

View the complete gallery

Cite: Alison Furuto. "Terme Olimia Wellness Spa / Enota" 18 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/176704/terme-olimia-wellness-spa-enota/> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments