Launch Slideshow

ESPA Life at Corinthia

ESPA Life at Corinthia

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    The long sweeping wave pattern in the carved stone artwork at the entrance is uplight to highlight the stone texture.

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    The use of concealed linear LED lighting in the  curved coffers behind the curved seating highlights the shape of the main  reception and greeting space.

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    The only natural light in the spa occurs at the juice bar café which features a silver leaf, domed-glass roof. At night the room has a luxurious jewel box feel thanks to the added glow from concealed linear LED uplighting.

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    A marble staircase connects all four levels of the spa. A concealed cove along the side of the stairs with linear LEDs takes advantage of the rich, reflective surface of the marble to create a luminous effect.

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    The seating areas are lit with narrow beam LED spotlights concealed in slots that follow the curved walls and highlight the rich wall finishes. The use of reflected LED lighting inside the coffers gives a warm and relaxing feel throughout.

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    In the changing areas, curtains of glass beads  create another layer of texture and pattern. Tiny LED spots at each locker come  on when the door is opened.

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    The spa’s stainless steel swimming pool is accented with LED uplights.

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    In the pool area, lighting through vertical glass fins creates geometric patterns on the water, the floor and the ceiling.

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     A specially designed fiber optic steplight at the  feature wall in the pool has a color wheel so that clients can change the color  depending on their mood or if there is a special event.

 

Situated on four floors of the Corinthia Hotel in London, ESPA Life offers just what it promises: a next-generation spa experience. The client asked G|A Design International to deliver an intimate, elegant, and decadent setting in which its guests could indulge in the luxuries of top-notch health treatments, personal training, and grooming. The firm responded with a layered approach, crafting four distinct experiences, one for each floor. A polished marble staircase connects each of the spa's levels and is lit with linear LED fixtures. As the spa descends from the first floor to the subterranean levels, the finishes become darker. Lighting Design International's challenge was to develop complementary lighting schemes for each of the project's varying settings.

The designers took an integrated approach to the lighting scheme, relying entirely on LEDs as a light source. Throughout the spa, linear fixtures housed in ceiling coffers produce a warm, indirect glow. Concealed linear luminaires graze the wall surfaces, making use of both uplight and downlight applications, which accentuate the rich textural nature of the finishes—finishes that include hand-cast resin panels, rusticated stone, marble, and fabrics.

The only daylight comes through a domed glass-and-silver-leaf roof at the juice bar on the first floor. In contrast, the finishes for the spa's lowest level are almost entirely black. The darkness creates a dramatic setting for the stainless steel swimming pool. The space is lit entirely with LED uplights, embedded either in the floor or in the pool itself, where they shine through the water, creating mesmerizing patterns on the white ceiling.

Jury Comments: Clean, careful work. • Elegant details that pay attention to the richness of the materials and provide a hierarchy to the space. • Uplight on the pool is impressive.