Hirsch Bedner Associates' (HBA) recently completed design for the much-anticipated ESPA spa located in the Istanbul EDITION hotel. HBA London's Inge Moore and Nathan Hutchins created a contemporary spa inspired largely by Turkish traditions, with design elements that echo the Hammam customs and atmospheric elements of Istanbul. This juxtaposition of the old with the new create a uniquely contemporary and luxurious space. Elements like embossed bronze floors, chocolate brown marble, cast bronze sinks, walls of crystals and lighting effect gives the spa a warm, rich and mysterious ambiance.
There are very few straight walls or corridors in guest areas and that helps to make the spaces mysterious and allows guests to discover new areas as they journey through it. Opulent chocolate brown marble and cast bronze sinks create a deep sense of calm and warmth throughout the Hammam. Dark materials include rich metallic woods, embossed bronze floors, walls upholstered in exquisite horsehair. Mirrored silver glass tiles cover the pool and reflect the lavish gold feature wall above. Crystals are delicately integrated into the spa design in their most natural state. Their faceted edges, which glisten in the light, reinforce the atmospheric feel while exuding a distinct sense of luxury and elegance.
The play of light was one of the main component in the design inspiration and was drawn from the faceted cut out patterns found in a traditional Hammam. The lutron system installed in the treatment rooms is programmed to have different light levels throughout the varying stages of the treatment: with a welcoming level for arrival, a very low level for treatment, a another level for showering, and a level for relaxation. The Spa has both passive and active spaces, and the light levels reflect each space with the fitness room being the brightest.