Therefore, it is not surprising that one of the central themes in the wellness industry is the design of new concepts for the best spas and wellness centres.
During the days of November 28 and 29, YAC held various lectures with experts from the world of design and architecture in the wellness field, such as that of Ralf Dejaco of Dejaco and Partners, a prominent architects' studio in South Tyrol, a great place - among others - for skiing, hiking and wellness tourism.
1. The search for the perfect material
Often, it is not necessary to go very far to find the perfect material.
In the case of Balneum in Vipiteno, the use of local materials is not limited to wood and local stone, but becomes a true wellness protagonist. Balneum’s hay room, for example, is a relaxation room with walls made entirely of local hay, replaced on a weekly basis. In the steam room, on the other hand, the quartz of the Dolomites, strategically placed above the main lights, gives the environment a unique brightness.
2. Location, Location, Location
The key to meet these needs is always dictated by technical pragmatism, aesthetic taste and anthropocentrism.
Finally, the geographical and naturalistic position of is one of the most important assets for the best spas and wellness. Spectacular views, easy accessibility (or difficult, depending on the exclusivity that you want to attribute to it), as well as the possibility of creating hybrid environments between the inside and outside of the structure are crucial elements in choosing the place where to create an avant-garde wellness environment.
3. An intimate public environment
To overcome this problem, the solution proposed by Dejaco is to create environments that are accessible to everyone - therefore without the possibility of physically isolating one environment from another - but partially decentralized with respect to spaces of greater confluence. For example, the relaxation areas of the Dòlaondes are separated from the main water park and protected on several sides, although accessible to everyone at all times and perfectly visible.