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White Digger / Tomas Ghisellini Architects

White Digger / Tomas Ghisellini Architects

© Tomas Ghisellini © Tomas Ghisellini © Tomas Ghisellini © Tomas Ghisellini + 17

Nardò, Italy
© Tomas Ghisellini
© Tomas Ghisellini

Text description provided by the architects. A brand new wellness space made of transparency is set in the very heart of the Riviera Grand Hotel, the highly renowned historical hotel complex along the Ionian Salento coast.

© Tomas Ghisellini
© Tomas Ghisellini

A fluid sequence of visually and physically communicating rooms is unraveled as a semi-hypogeal irresistible gallery to be gradually and surprisingly discovered.

© Tomas Ghisellini
© Tomas Ghisellini

The spa is literally carved within the golden stone mountain body. Bare rocks, water and pure white sharp and elementary volumes with a hidden bronze inner pulp build a superminimal interior scenario where turkish bath, massage rooms, sea water pools, emotional showers, color rooms, Kneipp path, hydromassage, decontracting waterfalls and beauty treatment halls take place.

© Tomas Ghisellini
© Tomas Ghisellini

The common image of the hotel spa as a completely enclosed, picturesque and artificially illuminated box is here completely overturned by a space of natural light where shadows and obscurities are preciously captivated and preserved by tiny "houses" acting like protective jewel cases.

© Tomas Ghisellini
© Tomas Ghisellini

Every visitor, walking through fantastic glows and shining clouds of light feels here within like a white digger!

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Address: Nardò, Lecce, Italy

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Cite: "White Digger / Tomas Ghisellini Architects" 02 Nov 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/904877/white-digger-tomas-ghisellini-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884

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