If you’re after the ultimate beauty and wellbeing destination, look no further. This 10,500 square foot haven is world class and boasts a sophisticated, refined and calm interior scene that is set by one essential ingredient: light.
Escapism is key to the success of the architectural lighting design for The Wellness Clinic – elements were designed to reinforce a tranquil environment, with cooler daylight tones used to promote a feeling of space and wellbeing. This wasn’t easy though, because the clinic is in the heart of the department store’s fourth floor, with no natural light.
Light wells, light panels and “window” effects bring an illusion of natural light and fixtures are concealed in architectural details to enhance the interior’s flow. Vertical bars of diffused light create a calm, gentle feel but also add interest, and a large illuminated ceiling coffer in reception strengthens the volume of the space. The underside of a sculptured vaulted ceiling is detailed by delicate lines of light, whereas a wash of light to a Moleanos stone wall adds warmth, while letting the texture talk.
A sunrise in the desert was inspiration for the relaxation area: low-level, warm illumination on vertical surfaces creates a grounded, earthy feel, which is balanced by ceiling coffers that ooze a cool, daylight quality. As for the treatment rooms, they all have controlled lighting to create the right scene, and clients get to gaze at the moon, in the form of an illuminated shallow textured coffer.
Images: © Jack Hobhouse
— Daniel Blaker
— Andy Garton, Associate, Stanton Williams Architects