The inspiration for the spa stems from the desire to create a total, immersive environment for treatment-seekers that is at once connected to the surrounding, natural landscape and apart from it. Artwork at key sightlines and the presence of the classical elements – water, fire, wood and earth – recall the Ontario landscape immediately beyond. Yet the interiors are removed from the outside world, placeless and timeless, absorbing diffuse influences from Asia and the Far East in their overall Zen-like design approach, as well as in their design details, such as the ubiquitous screened elements, pendant lights and custom millwork.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Taboo Spa, located in Ontario, Canada’s famed Muskoka Lakes region, offers full-service treatments to discerning clients in a luxurious, Zen-like setting.
This 446 m² spa-oasis is a unified interior-architectural design that generates and then employs spatial volume, sight lines, and light to create an immersive, otherworldly, treatment experience.
Distinct yet continuous areas are defined clearly within the spatial totality, linked by surface planes in engaging interplay; horizontal and vertical, matte and reflective, transparent and opaque, light and dark.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The entry / reception area is marked by 4.5 meter-high ceilings, which contract further into the spa. This introductory space encompasses water, fire, wood (porcelain floor tiles resembling hardwood) and earth (stone counters, ledges), recalling connections to natural landscape beyond. Shelving for retail products is integrated subtly into the screened backdrop. A cold-rolled steel fireplace is the grounding element of the space.
The pre-treatment area following reception is linked to the outdoors through semi-sheer window coverings. Retractable curtains maintain privacy without partitions.
“Refresh” corridors connecting treatment areas feature counters in natural stone and custom millwork in pressed laminate for durability and hygiene.
Quiet zones, areas of relaxation between treatments, include retractable curtains for privacy without partitions. There is commonality of design elements with the rest of the spa.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
A rhythm of repeating millwork elements and a layering of lighting – ceiling, floor and indirect – impart dimensional depth.
Eastern-influenced screening elements, architectural pendants, artwork and mirrors highlight significant sight lines produced by the interior architecture.
Taboo, spa, Muskoka, Zen-like, treatment
TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Principal - Simone, Senior - Girolamo and Intermediate - Schneider
Photographer - Joy von Tiedemann