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Rubis Spa (Hall Of The Sun, Shanghai)
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Celebrating the imagination, and the different aesthetic senses from snow mountain, of which the brand originality is from, the designer hopes to touch the guests by making a poetic call from the mysterious snow mountain. A pure and clean ambiance with elegant dignity is created for an extraordinary journey in the spa.
Through the relationship between material and form, an interesting composition of light and shadow is created. White travertine embodies the classic stone aesthetic found in ancient Roman monuments and it surrounds the entire entrance area. With its layering on wall and the long reception counter, its fibrous concentric appearance plays a contrast to the sparkling crystal chairs. The artistic chairs as a melting ice sculpture compose a dialogue with the blue water feature backdrop which acts like a unique snow mountain art piece. At once, a tranquil state of mind arises.
The interconnection between hard and soft, rough and smooth inspires for an exploration from outer appearance to the inner human spirit. It emphasizes that beauty could be an amalgamation of the mundane, the profound, the perfect and the imperfect details that make every person or everything unique.
The rest area is almost like a private art hall. The unique snow mountain-like lighting echoes the center coffee table. Both stay peacefully in the space with a contemporary artistic temperament. The reflection and sparkles from their crystal body permit the eyes to both see and rest, the perfect bridge between the world of the awake and the world of dreams.
At the other side of the room, rows of candlelight bring a natural hallowed glow to walls showing warmth of their welcome.
Heading to the treatment room, there is the archway to somewhere beautiful. Putting in all the imagination of romantic and immortal dreams, the curve structural form and the continuous layering of arch gives the feeling as if walking down a ceremony path. This enriches the journey of anticipating a delightful spa moment, when lighting is getting dimmer along the path.
When comes to the treatment room, it is like a place out of time, a place to rest without consequence. The dim in that way was a sanctuary, a place to recharge and forget the things the world said had to be done. The journey is like going through a noble purification process to revitalize. After all, it is carved as a good place for relaxation and heightened awareness in a stressful world where our senses are often dulled.
With the combination of lights and shadow, materials and forms, designer tends to create an understated luxurious but impactful space for the well-being of mind and body. Artistic and aesthetic senses are always concerned to be integrated into life and experience.

Agency: ELTO Consultancy

ELTO CONSULTANCY GROUP ( ELTO ) is a group of companies of which offers targeted services, ranging from master planning and architecture, to interior design, installation, furniture, product, branding, graphic works and project management. ELTO has expanded the conventional boundaries of practice to include complementary disciplines. A critical probing into the specificities of program, site, function, and history is essential to the creation of rigorous work.
The company design philosophy is just like its name. ELTO (Eleven To One) paints a concept of a clock. When hour hand straddles from 11 o’clock to 1 o’clock, it is beyond the boundary of 12 o’clock. It is just as design crossing different fields. ELTO anchors its ethos on the dynamic interaction of experience, detail, material, form, and light rather than conforming to a formulaic style.