THE PLACE The SPA is located in Bassano Romano and it is surrounded by the roman hillsides. The site is composed by local rocky terrain that steps down into a flat area. This landscape gave birth to a natural basin where the building reflects itself. Settled between rocks and water, this SPA is dedicated (to) the psychophysical human wellness.
THE SHAPE The building is thinked as a monolithic block of rock that arises from the rocks site and leans itself to the valley. This block, the core of the internal SPA spaces, is wrapped with a second wooden skin that is woven by little cymbals, with this techniques the facades will play the music of the building. The wellness of the guests and the beautiful views of the landscape are related together by three galleries, that are built with a steel structure.
THE NATURAL STONE The interns of the central block are made of coated and puttied travertine, floors are made of travertine vein cutted and the walls are made of travertine cross cutted. Exteriors will be made of peperino scraps (typical lave stone of Viterbo) placed in vertically direction. This kind of manufacture will give to the block a rough look that will fits perfectly to into the SPA landscape.
Image 1 Peperino plate Image 2 Reuse of a plate’s scrap for the SPA exterior skin
The three big galleries will be covered on the outside by the scraps of the Perlato Coreno plates, on the inside by the scraps of travertine plates processed with enameled glass paste.
Image 3 Perlato Coreno Plates
VIEWS AND CONNECTION WITH THE LANDSCAPE The wellness center is reached by two panoramic paths. The first one is easily (accessible) practible to by disabled, it is a little slightly downhill street that borders the rocky walls till the valley. The second one is more impressive because is immersed between the rocks and it goes straight down till the monolithic core of the SPA. From all the windows is possible to see the most beautiful landscape views, specially the three colored galleries permit to contemplate the valley. Big rooflights are lighting up interns and connect guests directly with the sky.