Taboo Spa by Cecconi Simone

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Taboo

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Spa

INSPIRATION:
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:
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PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Muskoka, Canada

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.

TAGS:
Taboo, spa, Muskoka, Zen-like, treatment

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
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ADDED DATE:
2014-02-28 15:18:32

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Principal - Simone, Senior - Girolamo and Intermediate - Schneider

IMAGE CREDITS:
Photographer - Joy von Tiedemann

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Cecconi Simone for Taboo Spa

PROFILE:
Cecconi Simone Inc. is a multi-disciplinary, interior-design firm based in Toronto, Canada, privately owned and operated by Elaine Cecconi and Anna Simone. Established in 1982, the firm has met with continued success, producing award-wining designs for the retail, corporate, residential, and hotel-hospitality sectors in Canada, the United States, Anguilla, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, India and China. Residential and hotel-hospitality projects comprise a significant portion of Cecconi Simone’s portfolio, including about 75 condominium communities in Toronto alone. With the global trend toward increasing urbanization, the firm has positioned itself as an industry leader in designing smart interior environments that respond to the market drivers of densification and price point, working collaboratively with some of the world’s pre-eminent real-estate developers and hotel-spa operators.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Taboo Spa by Cecconi Simone is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Taboo Spa by Cecconi Simone is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2013 - 2014.



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