11/06/2021 - Anyone renovating a home or moving into a new one dreams of a spa. Who wouldn't want the hammam or a relaxing place to de-stress after a day's work? A domestic relaxation space undoubtedly improves the quality of our everyday lives and the time we spend at home.
While wellbeing is now considered an essential aspect of bathroom design, wellness as a life philosophy is starting to make its way into the design of the entire home.
Creating a home spa as a 'decompression space' is in line with the latest interior design trends that transform domestic space into a multifunctional stage to host activities that usually find their places outside the home, like sports, work and hobbies. Aided by the pandemic, this trend has resulted in furnishing indoor and outdoor spaces for work and study, as well as leisure, self-care and relaxation during our everyday routines.
Often considered a luxury, the home wellness centre is now an increasingly accessible possibility. And this is thanks to the numerous high-performance solutions designed specifically for existing contexts of any size and function. Mini pools and freestanding or built-in hydromassage tubs can be customised with personalised finishes and accessories; complete saunas now come in compact, modular or extendable versions. Customised pools of any shape and size are now available for everyone.
Here is some inspiration for designing and creating a home spa, indoors and out.
Mini spas, hydromassage tubs and indoor saunas. Domestic wellness
Solutions with harmonious lines are ideal for any context from the bedroom to the bathroom to the Home Gym. Create a space within the privacy of your own home to relax and take care of yourself.
The bathroom becomes a spa with the ARGA® bathtub by Jacuzzi®
With its oval and welcoming lines, ARGA® by Jacuzzi is the first whirlpool to include an infuser of salts that are evenly diffused thanks to a vortex generated by Swirpool® technology. The ARGA® system control centre is a touchpad set into the tub edge. Easy to reach even when sitting or lying down, it has three touch-activated controls to start up the Swirpool® vortex, activate the colour therapy function and trigger the infusion of salts stored in a tank beneath the surface.
ARGA® by Jacuzzi
Sauna + Turkish bath. A wellness area with Chillout by Glass1989
Relax in the warmth of a Turkish bath. Reactivate your energy in a Finnish sauna. Or simply transform your shower into a moment of relaxation. The new Chillout project by Meneghello Paolelli Associati for Glass1989 includes a sauna and Turkish bath in a single block. Modular, versatile, with customised sizes and finishes, Chillout is perfect for creating a home spa. You can combine two or three modules that can be installed on a wall, in a niche or a corner, with layouts that make it possible to optimise your space.
Chillout by Glass1989
Essential and formal purity for the Treesse Ghost spa
The Treesse Ghost mini whirlpool baths by Marc Sadler are characterised by 'a blade of light that contains functions'. A thin perimeter slit houses adjustable jets, a totally invisible system that frees the bath from nozzles and jets. The slit is cut into the mould of the tub during production, considerably reducing costs. A strong, clean aesthetic, with straight lines and intersecting planes for a home spa with a minimalist vibe.
Kyra, the Finnish sauna by Geromin
Characterised by simple lines and compact forms, Kyra is a Geromin sauna that reinterprets the Finnish tradition. The transparency of the crystal, the light diffused by the interior lamp, the natural wood and stove with volcanic stones infuse wellbeing and define a home spa with a Nordic and essential style.
The functions are controlled by an easy-to-use digital keypad perfectly integrated into the volume. Kyra is also available in the Biosauna version, a unique hot/humid sauna that ensures the advantages of the Finnish sauna and the Turkish bath without ever reaching excessively high temperatures.
Kira by Geromin
Wellness and colour therapy with the BetteAir Jet
BetteAir Jet enamelled steel whirlpool baths have a sleek and welcoming design. They include an electrically controlled air bubble system and a water system with air dosage. You can choose between air or water systems or a combination of the two. The LED light system creates colourful reflections for a chromotherapy effect.
Relaxation area for small spaces. S1 sauna by Klafs
Inspired by the retractable zoom camera mechanism, S1 by Klafs is a super-compact sauna designed for a small home spa. At the touch of a button, the sauna grows to become immediately ready for use. When closed, it is just over 60 cm deep. When open, it can reach up to 160 cm, providing ample space for total relaxation.
S1 by Klafs
Personalised wellness with the Divina bathtub by Novellini
The Divina hydromassage bathtub by Novellini is designed to blend with its surroundings. The numerous textured finishes customise the tub and match it with bathroom furniture and upholstery. In addition to the accessories in the catalogue - headrests, shelves and storage units - a new panelling system creates a graphic frame that defines the tub's profile. Divina is equipped with Natural Air technology that releases micro-bubbles into the water to create a white, silent and pleasant foam that envelops and caresses the body, increasing the oxygenation of the skin.
Divina by Novellini
The Spa that furnishes. Yoku SH by Effegibi
A welcoming space dedicated to wellness with an essential, balanced and rigorous design. The new Yoku SH spa by Effegibi combines a sauna, a Turkish bath and a shower in a single system.
The façade is designed as a large open bookcase with shelves in oxidised steel sheet, a natural filter that houses objects, books and fabrics to create a personalised spa in sync with its context.
Yoku SH by Effegibi
Mini pools, hydromassage tubs and outdoor saunas. An open-air wellness area
Whether it's a terrace, a courtyard or a garden, outdoor space can accommodate a year-round open-air relaxation area. Indoor wellness moves outdoors with a series of spas, Jacuzzis and saunas made from materials for outdoor use, such as treated wood, Solid Surface and fibreglass, which are easy to clean and resistant to atmospheric agents.
Mini-pool + chaise longue. Quadrat Pool Relax by Kos
The compact and sculptural geometry of the Quadrat Pool Relax mini-pool by Ludovica+Roberto Palomba for Kos combines a fibreglass pool surface with a system of water-resistant cushions to transform an outdoor space into a comfortable chaise longue. Available for this series is the Milk System using the biorevitalising properties of oxygen to tone muscles and stimulate skin hydration - a relaxing and natural treatment for restoring and maintaining psychophysical wellbeing.
Quadrat Pool Relax by KOS
With the NatureSauna by Starpool, the wellness area harmonises with the landscape
The NatureSauna outdoor sauna by Starpool is immersed in the landscape and evolves with it over time. Designed to integrate with the environment, NatureSauna is made with materials that react and interact with its context. The brushed copper used to protect the wood will oxidise differently depending on the climate and the wood finish. Exposed to the elements, it will take on different connotations.
NatureSauna by Starpool
Just Silence by Villeroy & Boch for a functional relaxation area
The interior and exterior design of the Just Silence hot tub by Villeroy & Boch allows for a variety of seating options thanks to the JetPak™II technology, which enables the hydromassage backrests to be replaced, changed and rotated quickly and easily, even when the tub is full. Its simple, uncluttered design, with no network of pipes and valves and a single manifold, improves hydromassage performance. The outer shell structure, with no branching of pipes, considerably reduces the risk of leaks and ensures less energy dispersion.
Just Silence by Villeroy & Boch
Light + pure shapes. The Modula Pool spa by Albatros
Modula Pool is the Albatros Solid Surface mini-pool. It features a recirculation system that integrates the overflow function with the overflow edge effect. Regular and generous shapes include integrated lighting, hidden and flush with the water level.
Modula Pool by Albatros
Bespoke pools. Customised wellness
To create an all-around home spa, a custom-made pool is an ideal for creating visual continuity among all architectural elements. From ceramics to classic mosaics and micro-concrete surfaces, personalised finishes and waterproofing make it possible to develop custom pools for any project type, whether historic restoration, adaptive reuse or new construction.
Aqua-green mosaic and terracotta cladding. A swimming pool by Lucas y Hernández-Gil Arquitectos
The VB House by Lucas y Hernández-Gil Arquitectos revolves around the recovery of the original finishes and claddings of an 18th-century structure. The terracotta floor was reconstructed by hand and laid with patterns that are mirrored on the ceiling; the same tile was used for the outdoor spaces and the courtyard swimming pool. The warm terracotta tones and the teal green mosaics of the swimming pool create intense contrasts with a Mediterranean feel.
VB House by Lucas y Hernández-Gil Arquitectos - Source: Archilovers
A total white pool for the Casa Santa Teresa project
Overlooking the sunny beaches of Ajaccio, Corsica, Casa Santa Teresa reinterprets the original 1950s structure in a contemporary key. The white plastered volumes dialogue with the natural finishes of the floors in wood, cement and stone. This is the context for the custom-made swimming pool finished with white micro-concrete - a sheet of water recalling the hues of the sea.
Casa Santa Teresa by Amelia Tavella Architects - photo by T. Dini - Source: Archilovers
The courtyard becomes a swimming pool. The Ternion project by Studio Toggle
The Ternion project is a complex of three independent villas in Kuwait. Studio Toggle 'filled' a traditional Middle Eastern courtyard with a custom swimming pool. Domestic spaces overlook the pool, creating a play of reflections and transparencies between the deep blue of the mosaics, the ripples of the water, the glass windows and the large arched openings.
Ternion by Studio Toggle - photo by Gijo Paul George - Source: Archilovers
A Japanese-inspired relaxation area for Studio DAAA's Casa K project
Japanese minimalism inspires the Casa K project, a home in Malta designed by Studio DAAA. The outdoor area is dedicated to relaxation and nature. Dense ornamental plants and bamboo, flanked by a wood walkway designed as a tatami mat, define a perimeter zone. The poolside and pool are tiled in natural ceramic shades, creating green reflections in harmony with the vegetation.
Casa K by Studio DAAA - photo by Brian Grech - Source: Archilovers