▼入口空间，entrance © Tom Ferguson
An unexpected luxury in a back alley of an urban area of Sydney. The pre-existing semi-industrial space has been transformed into a sanctuary that draws in light. A multifunctional wellness centre to emulate the quality of the Australian lifestyle. All the human senses were considered throughout; texture, sound, light, as well as particular scents. Each space feels distinct, yet seamlessly inter-related, always with a hint of Eucalyptus and cedar wafting on the air, and an abundance of natural light. A quintessentially Australian vernacular established.
▼与庭院连通的水吧，the juice bar connected with the courtyard © Tom Ferguson
Our clients vision was to combine four distinct yet inter-related programmes of ‘wellness’ under the one roof; ice baths, saunas, gym and juice bar: Hot, cold, loud, quiet, dark, light. Importance was placed upon the space conveying a sense of uncomplicated luxury, the flagship for an intended global Australian Brand, with strict budget restraints.
▼光影斑驳的半露天庭院，light and shadow dappled semi-open courtyard © Tom Ferguson
The existing site offered up its challenges. The shed-like structure required to accommodate varied programmes within 200 square metres while still maintaining a generosity of space. The Design approach was a simple organisation of space with a restrained and carefully considered palette of materials. The interior planning was refined to express itself in an uncomplicated and efficient manner. A particular sense of an Australian vernacular was established- light textures, gum trees, and a verandah out the front. The often- harsh Northern Australian light is dappled throughout the external spaces with simple timber screens. A seamless interaction between the indoor-outdoor spaces.
▼简单的木屏风在室外空间与明媚的阳光相互交织，the simple wooden screen is interwoven with the bright sunlight in the outdoor space © Tom Ferguson
Materials enhance the unique semi- industrial warehouse and terrace site, and establish a clear ‘brand’ palette. An essence of premium simplicity, distilled. The pinky hues of fragrant cedar delicately balance with the cool reflections of finished stainless steel and textural hand cut white tiles. Warm grey concrete floor topping unites the spaces, set against a backdrop of ‘polar white’ painted timber work, ‘unforgettable’ grey to the walls and highlights of textured orange granite and Eucalyptus.
▼接待大厅及物品存放柜，reception hall and storage cabinets © Tom Ferguson
▼从接待处看向物品存放空间，view to the storage space from the reception desk © Tom Ferguson
▼浴室入口，entrance of the bathroom © Tom Ferguson
▼桑拿空间，the sauna room © Tom Ferguson
Any required insertions, to accommodate necessary programme such as change rooms, are intended to enhance the scale and natural light within the bones of the simple raked shed like structure. The spaces are defined by screens rather than walls, creating a sense of openness, while still maintaining acceptable levels of privacy. Artificial lighting is pulled down from the ceiling, tracing the cross beams and illuminating vertically in parts. A gradual descent from the naturally illuminated open entry and gathering space into the darkening and intimate space of the gym and sauna beyond.
▼更衣室，changing room © Tom Ferguson
▼项目场地俯瞰，aerial view © Tom Ferguson
▼走廊，corridor © Tom Ferguson
▼洗手池，the sink © Tom Ferguson
‘FEELS LIKE A SPA. WORKS LIKE A GYM’ Shelter
LOCATION：3 Goldman Lane, Double Bay, Sydney, NSW, 2028
DESIGNED BY / COMPANY NAME：Esoteriko Interior Architecture
FLOOR AREA IN M2：200 sq. m