Spa at the hotel du Castellet
- Architect: Architecture 54
Photo credits: Thierry Lombardi / Grégoire Gardette
“A spa dedicated to the sea: a place of rigour and freedom, rejuvenating and soothing”. Launched in 2013, the spa project at the five-star Castellet Hotel consists in extending the existing facilities built in the 1990s. The addition of the spa and fitness area represents an opportunity to rethink the image of the hotel and place a new focus on the Mediterranean. Inspired by the marine world, this new area accommodates six treatment cubicles, a relaxation area, a shop, an indoor pool with activities, a salt cave, a sauna, a hammam and terraces. The materials used are modern yet steeped in the Mediterranean culture: Barcelona stone, light oak and slate create a pure and refined atmosphere. As with all our other projects, we applied our fullest attention and expertise to this area dedicated to wellness and beauty, to strike the ideal balance between functional, aesthetic and leisure requirements and contextual, economic and sustainability constraints. For an architect, the height of success lies in conferring on the structures they design the capacity to convey emotions. This requires skills in the fields of composition management, staging, temporality and itineraries, as well as an unconditional allegiance to mankind. The entrance area sets the project area in in its context. The interior design of the lobby creates a bright and delicate decor that encourages clients to come in and explore. An oak wood monumental door creates a demarcation and prepares customers for their immersion in a world where they will find calm and rejuvenation. Firstly, the Lounge creates an intimate atmosphere: the subdued lighting, the graphic decor with wooden lattice screens, and the alcoves ornamented with lanterns marking the entrances to the cubicles shape this welcoming area. The cubicles are refined and simple, using untreated materials such as waxed concrete, while mirrors reflect the light oak fittings that feature throughout the project. Each cubicle has its own identity, colours and lighting that play around with references to marine fauna and flora.