The spa is domestic, but not too much. With its essential design, it occupies a low independent building, an annex of the residence of the clients, a mansion from the 1600s renovated in 2016 and immersed in a forest of maritime pines in the hills of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.

It is private, yet it has the characteristics and performance of a professional therapy center, offering total physical, mental and emotional wellness, as in the original concept of salus per aquam: water at 32° fed by a spring with a well on the property, hydromassage zones, a Turkish bath, a salt room (with Himalayan salt), color therapy, a relaxation area and a suite for guests next to the pool.

Like the light and nature that surround it, accessed through mobile glass partitions in keeping with the cycle of the seasons, the “Casa Piscina” is like a living organism, designed by Rizoma to generate (with a photovoltaic canopy) and consume only the energy that is needed for optimal use. An ‘organ’ that exists in relation to natural elements, such as orientation, sunlight, natural ventilation, in tune with the principles of passive construction. The steel structure is anti-seismic, the walls are clad in thermal insulation, and the house features radiant panels in floors and ceilings, high-performance casements and home automation systems for the control of water and air temperature. All these factors combine to achieve an excellent balance between energy consumption and habitat comfort.

Habitation is the key term of this place set aside for an idea of wellness that covers not only care and comfort, but also the aesthetic value of interior design, expressed here in the codes of Visionnaire, interpreting internal and outdoor spaces right from the early phases of the project. For the ‘metaluxury’ brand, this is the most complete and sartorial project yet completed for a so-called ‘intensive’ wellness zone, which nevertheless also contains works of art, objects and tropical plants, combined with furniture and lighting collections conceived for the living area or outdoor use, like the Brunilde chandeliers and appliques by Alessandro La Spada, the Katryn series and the Aminta chair by Giuseppe Viganò, the Galloway chairs or the Farnese models by Samuele Mazza.

Photo © Max Zambelli