White Digger / Tomas Ghisellini Architects


© Tomas Ghisellini

© Tomas Ghisellini
  • Architects: Tomas Ghisellini Architects
  • Location: Nardò, Lecce, Italy
  • Lead Architects: Tomas Ghisellini, Alice Marzola, Lucrezia Alemanno, Daniele Francesco Petralia
  • Area: 300.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Tomas Ghisellini

© Tomas Ghisellini

© Tomas Ghisellini

Text description provided by the architects. A brand new wellness space made of transparency is set in the very heart of the Riviera Grand Hotel, the highly renowned historical hotel complex along the Ionian Salento coast.


© Tomas Ghisellini

© Tomas Ghisellini

A fluid sequence of visually and physically communicating rooms is unraveled as a semi-hypogeal irresistible gallery to be gradually and surprisingly discovered.


© Tomas Ghisellini

© Tomas Ghisellini

The spa is literally carved within the golden stone mountain body. Bare rocks, water and pure white sharp and elementary volumes with a hidden bronze inner pulp build a superminimal interior scenario where turkish bath, massage rooms, sea water pools, emotional showers, color rooms, Kneipp path, hydromassage, decontracting waterfalls and beauty treatment halls take place.


© Tomas Ghisellini

© Tomas Ghisellini

The common image of the hotel spa as a completely enclosed, picturesque and artificially illuminated box is here completely overturned by a space of natural light where shadows and obscurities are preciously captivated and preserved by tiny “houses” acting like protective jewel cases.


© Tomas Ghisellini

© Tomas Ghisellini

Every visitor, walking through fantastic glows and shining clouds of light feels here within like a white digger!