Dornbracht in the Aigai Spa urban oasis

Agatha Kari

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  • Guests at the Aigai Spa can indulge in a therapeutic hydromassage, on the comfort of a heated table, with the Horizontal Shower by Dornbracht
  • Water flows from the Rainsky E shower head and inundates the body in a deluge of purifying, cathartic rain. Nature is  present and visible: "the sky in a room" becomes reality, thanks to glass inserts in the cement façades of the Aigai Spa
  • Dornbracht taps and fittings from the Deque range, selected for the Aigai Spa, combine black with shiny chrome. Its wide and flat spout has been conceived to exalt the most important aspect: a form which moulds the gift of water
  • Inlayed gratings inspired by Arab mashrabiya appear to materialise from Morocco, as if by magic, embellishing façades, transforming into sliding roofs which can be extended or withdrawn to protect from the sun and create suggestive and refined half-lights in the relaxation area
  • Furnishings in wellness zones include the Slow Chair armchair and Suit Sofa, both by Vitra
  • A well-being paradise in Sao Paulo, Brazil: Mario Figueroa has conceived Aigai Spa as a place where nature and architecture meet
  • Alape washbasins exalt the minimalist design of bathrooms
  • With its sensual profile, the Lulu series by Dornbracht is both sinuous and linear, seamlessly blending with the architecture of Aigai Spa which also combines pure lines with organic forms inspired by nature
  • In the Vertical Shower, water flows from different spouts at varying intensities: a wide and abundant cascade rains down from the Water Sheet onto the shoulders to relax muscles, whereas the back is toned under the stimulating effect of more vigorous jets emanating from two Water Bars

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13 SET 2017
No less than seven treatment areas, fitted with therapeutic baths offering an infinite array of massages, all in this temple of well-being, designed by the architect Mario Figueroa in São Paulo, Brazil

Upon entering the Aigai Spa, all the traffic, frenzy and noise of the Brazilian capital immediately melts away, leaving you enveloped by relaxation, water and nature. The project develops over two floors and twelve different internal courtyards, where water reigns supreme, where innovative and technological taps, fittings and showers have been used to create perfect interiors for relaxation. Dornbracht systems include the choreographies of Horizontal Shower, jets of Just Rain, Water Sheet and Water Bar with Vertical Shower, the RainSky E, shower, the ranges Deque, Lulu, Supernova, Meta.02 along with elements from the Water Modules series, such as the  Water Fall spout.

The architect Figueroa has also concentrated on light (and shadows), drawing inspiration from the arabesque decorations of Alhambra, Granada. The spa's gratings, characterised by infinite inlays, similar to mashrabiya (linear gratings typical of the Arab world), are used as sliding roofs which can be extended and withdrawn to create fascinating plays on light and dark, juxtaposing their sheer immateriality with the nude, untreated cement selected for the entire project.

The Relax Lounge is the largest wellness area, followed by Feel, with its own vertical garden, and Dream in third place, with its bijoux library room. The spaces have been furnished with Patricia Urquiola pieces (such as Tropicalia Cocoon by Moroso and Mangas from Gan Rugs), Vitra furnishings (such as Suita Sofa by Antonio Citterio and the Slow Chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec), with lighting by Lumini.
The My Spa part of the facility is available for hire by single guests or groups and features its own independent entrance, Hammam and reserved pool.

 

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