With a subterranean spa carved into the volcanic earth, a terraced geothermal lagoon, a restaurant that reinvents Iceland's culinary heritage, and 62 elegant guest suites surrounded by a stunning mineral-rich waterscape, the Retreat at Blue Lagoon in Iceland opens door to an unparalleled journey of relaxation, rejuvenation, and exploration—bringing mind and body into harmony with nature. It is a place to unwind the clock of modern life and unlock the door to a wonder of the world.
To preserve the enchantment and inspiration manifested by Iceland’s natural lighting and the night sky, architectural lighting was designed to create a relaxing and revitalizing atmosphere by articulating the relationship between nature, human biology and architectural design. The central idea was to introduce an elevated and intimate approach to hospitality. A holistic approach was employed unique to the overarching architectural directive, to bring shape and clarity to the nuanced spatial composition.
Human centric lighting was employed, facilitated by sequential changes in light levels and CCT. Visual comfort and glare were major consideration addressed by careful assignment of light levels, luminaire selection, fixture placement and highly coordinated installation and commissioning. Luminance ratios of about 5:4 was targeted for an overall soft and diffused lighting effect. Even with the integration of natural light, electric lighting was relied upon to stabilize light levels to preserve the overall quality of lighting. Experiential lighting was realized by creating a mood, an ambiance, an imaginative effect, without self conscious extravagance. Architectural intentions were enhanced by establishing spaces of movement and pause within the visual trajectory by accentuating tactile geometries, textures, transparencies and exposing the natural coloration of lava rocks, thus establishing spatial hierarchy and sequences throughout the space.
Architecture design: Basalt Architects
Experience design: Design Group Italia
Interior design: Basalt Architects and Design Group Italia
Product design: Design Group Italia
Lighting design: Liska
Construction Inspection: Verkfræðistofa Suðurnesja