Euphoria Retreat Spa Lighting Design by Anna Sbokou and Katerina Plota

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Euphoria Retreat

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Spa Lighting Design

INSPIRATION:
The design of the Spa is meant to be peaceful and subversive, meditative and hallucinatory, orderly and free-flowing. This occurs through a choreographed transition of spaces in which light, sound, temperature, humidity, textures and smells create immersive sensory experiences. The lighting strategy needed to accommodate the sudden transition from the outdoors, into the catacombs, through to the wet areas and identify each of these areas with a unique character and environment.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Spa at the Euphoria Retreat, is located in Mystras. It is a four-storey building, of 3.000 m2, that is carved into the base of a mountain. The lighting for each space was considered as a unique piece, contributing to the crescendo of the ultimate relaxation experience. As daylight would vary substantially from one space to another, custom luminaires were designed to imitate daylight conditions, thus harmonizing the transitions through spaces and enhancing the immersive architecture.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
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PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Euphoria Spa is the centerpiece of the Euphoria Retreat, located beside the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mystras, in Greece. The project was completed within 2.5 years.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Catacombs- To mitigate the harsh entry from daylight into the catacombs, the corridor and reception area were lit with custom tunable white LED COB ‘daylight tubes’, linked with 2 daylight sensors for a smooth transition. The golden-plated niches were highlighted with warm wall-washers for an even distribution. Staircase Well- Due to the repetitive openings and varying height along the route of the staircase, custom wall-to-wall luminaire was designed, with up/down component on independent controls. This way, the mystical effect could be balanced throughout the route, in harmony with the daylit well. For the night condition, an inground light dish inside the foot pool hints the moon reflection on the water. Second level is the most complex and diverse. The visitor moves around alternate centers with variable degrees of light, humidity and temperature. Sphere Pool- to enhance the shape and the experience of the sphere pool, two custom large scale systems were designed. At the top of the sphere, with the 1.5m deep skylight, a cylindrical lightbox was designed to allow for natural light, as well as artificial diffused light into the sphere. 4000K IP65 LED strips in gradient setting-out for optimum effect were installed on an aluminium cylinder and plexiglass diffuser, integrated within the architecture. The second system, four high-output spotlights aimed at a large custom parabolic reflector to generate a ’light column’ through the bottom glass and the water, for reflections. Additional discrete lighting in the outer wet areas was also introduced in warm tones. Tepidarium- 3000K flexible LED luminaires were used in a perimeter cove to provide apparent brightness, while keeping the actual light levels low. For the centre of the space, 2500K source was used in the central pendant, for a soft relaxing glow. Byzantine Hammam- in keeping with the character of the room, artificial lightubes were designed, with a 2-layer fibre optic system (2700K & 4000K) and frosted glass ‘vases’, for the central treatment pedestal, while the perimeter resting areas were lit with soft indirect neutral white light.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
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TAGS:
Spa, Retreat, Immersive, Peaceful, Sensory, Lighting, Transition, Daylight, Crescendo

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
A destination spa hotel, such as the Euphoria Retreat, is a holistic immersive experience, where the light and the design of it becomes a silent protagonist that can hide and reveal elements, draw visitors to one area or another and play with the human senses, with low levels of illumination, tone contrast and detailing that integrates seamlessly with the architecture. It was good reminder for the design team to slow down, take a moment and understand what is vital to each space and each experience. For the purposes of this entry, only selective feature areas of the project are presented, while the lighting design addressed the project in it's entirety.

ADDED DATE:
2020-04-21 17:04:38

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Anna Sbokou and Matina Magklara

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1 : Photographer Margarita Nikitaki, Spa Sphere Pool interior, 2019.
Image #2 : Photographer Margarita Nikitaki, Spa Sphere Pool exterior, 2019.
Image #3 : Photographer Margarita Nikitaki, Spa Light Well Staircase, 2019.
Image #4 : Photographer Margarita Nikitaki, Spa Tepidarium, 2019.
Image #5 : Photographer Margarita Nikitaki, Spa Byzantine Baths, 2019.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
ASlight

PROFILE:
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NOMINATION DETAILS

Euphoria Retreat Spa Lighting Design by Anna Sbokou and Katerina Plota is a Nominee in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Euphoria Retreat Spa Lighting Design by Anna Sbokou and Katerina Plota is Winner in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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