Recently completed by MIA Design Studio in Da Nang City, Vietnam, PURE SPA is a 15 room treatment center with an original architecture, featuring beautiful hanging gardens. According to the architects, “the facade is composed of lattice patterns alternated with vertical landscapes that filter the strong tropical sunlight into a pleasant play of light and shadow on the textured walls. Various plants are carefully allocated and become a part of the architectural screens.” Creating a powerful color contrast with the white panels of the building, the lovely green walls stand out, making the building visible from far away.
Amenities of the Spa center include a health club with gym and an open lounge garden for meditation and yoga sessions. Here is more from the designers: “The ground floor contains open spaces with relaxing platforms surrounded by serene lotus ponds and hanging gardens. The architectural design company MIA Design Studio’s use of natural ventilation keeps the building cool and gives the guest a refreshing experience. With use of local plants, each retreat becomes a healing environment where the guest can enjoy a luxurious wellness in privacy.” Enjoy the photos and feel free to share your thoughts! [Photography by Hiroyuki Oki]
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city