Are you an architecture or interior design student ready for a Spring Break getaway? Allow this blog post to take you to some of the most impressive retreats in the world. Design Institute of San Diego researched spectacular places ranging from wellness retreats to secluded resorts. Take this break to relax your mind and get away, while staying inspired by these creative design projects that will stimulate your imagination.
The Wadi Resort in Wadi Rum, Jordan, was designed by Oppenheim Architecture + Design and won a design competition by creating an environmentally friendly design that blends into its natural surroundings. The spaces are created by carving voids into the stone cliffs of a secluded desert area in Jordan. Natural ventilation maximizes the cool aspects of stone, providing a sustainable solution to climate control. As Oppenheim says, “We have trained and heightened our senses to see, smell, taste, hear, and touch the mystical beauty of Wadi Rum. We tapped the inherent power of the desert through primal and instinctual design moves, informed by the forces, rhythms and patterns of nature— past, present, and future” (ArchDaily). Construction is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2014.
Want to activate the senses during spring break? Therme Vals designed by architect Peter Zumthor, has one of the most sense-activating interiors in the world. Utilizing the thermal springs in the Graubunden Canton of Switzerland, this project is built with layers of quarried Valser Quarzite slabs, allowing guests to become one with their surroundings.
Exedra Nice Wellness Center
The Excedra Nice Hotel / Spa and Wellness Center in Nice, France, was designed by Simone Micheli and is a superb example of wellness design at its best. The design focuses on “psycho-physical regeneration” and revitalization of the body. The interior design is “characterized by a reception zone, distribution paths, man and woman locker rooms, fitness area, treatment cabins, wet zone with steam bath, steam bath, showers, ice-maker and relax zone, and a swimming pool with multiple water plays” (ArchDaily) The spaces are also designed to stimulate healing and personal well-being.
The interior designers and architects of these retreats all had a common goal while creating these resorts: a place to escape. Whether you are traveling or staying local during spring break, Design Institute of San Diego hopes you find this post refreshing as well as inspiring.