Expertly designed medical, spa, and fitness centers have a calming effect.
Firm: Mariotti Studio
Project: Citywell, Brooklyn, New York
Standout: Because of the spa’s tiny footprint, allowing only for reception, showers, and changing and steam rooms, freestanding saunas occupy the garden,
the profile of the cedar-
clad volumes inspired by luxury railcars of 19th-century Europe.
Project: Toxnfill, Seoul, South Korea
Standout: Marble, porcelain tile, dramatic pinspot fixtures, and an arching structure tempering the 14-foot ceiling surround patients of the dermatology clinic specializing in Botox and fillers with subtle opulence.
Firms: Rai Pinto Studio and Arauna Studio
Project: Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona, Spain
Standout: Continuing the studios’ vibrant animal theme installed earlier in other wings of the children’s medical center, here they—specifically seagulls, pelicans, and flamingos—extend onto ceilings, as most patients coming through are on stretchers, looking up.
Firm: Best Practice Architecture
Project: Workout, Seattle
Standout: The firm
exercised both its
interiors and brand-
ing departments in
combining an office
into one dynamic
gym highlighted by
energetic herringbone detailing and neon graphics.
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