This is a design for a holistic spa facility on the coast at Portobello, Edinburgh. The Spa will include studios for Yoga and Pilates, a meditation space, spa pools and a reception. The idea is that this facility will be a retreat away from the busy city centre with views out to the coast. The final design was a result of many experiments based on the immediate site constraints. The build was very tight and impacted on all four sides by immediate surrounding context. The shape of the building was derived by the need to allow natural light to windows on the neighbouring building. The rear and front facades were geometrical investigations using shapes and scales and heights from the facades of the neighbouring residential tenements. The crack that runs up the front facade across the roof and down the rear facade represents the uniting of the two tenements, which were left uneasy by the void that existed before and the tension that ensues from this forced meeting. The stairs for the building were the result of many iterations of the interaction between stair and wall and the journey the stairs could take puncturing the wall and crossing between the two sides.
This project received a highly commended award in the Concrete Interiors competition of 2009.