Prince of Wales Day Spa

A rooftop addition to an established building, the project conceives three new facilities. The Aurora Day Spa as a separate entity, the pool, and deck for both hotel guests and spa patrons and a multifunction space associated with the hotel.

The building consists of two zones with entry to both areas via the existing hotel foyer staircase. At arrival the two zones are screened by a mottled glass water wall; to one side is the spa retreat which occupies two levels and is arranged around the dressing and lounge areas leading to the quieter treatment rooms.

On the other side is the public area with the pool being central to the space with the function and terrace leading from it.

The building was designed within a previously granted planning permit and the envelop could not be altered. The two rectangular blocks were divided to articulate the two functions and separated by a water feature which is recessed into the building and reflected in plan and elevation. The outer skin was designed to provide privacy, maximize light, and be flexible. The coreten fins provide vertical division, the moving screens provide a shading web casting a patterned ambience internally.




St Kilda / Boonwurrung Country