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Contrasting designs for Hyderabad salon and spa

Hyderabad-based architecture and design firm Vistaar Associates has renovated the O2 spa in a five-star hotel, which was originally designed in stone. The client brief was to introduce shower rooms to their four existing massage parlors. A multisensory experience was to be offered to the client, and the firm took that up as a major challenge.

A diagonally-designed layout accommodates seven therapy rooms with attached showers, yet maintaining a sense of mystery. Minimum lighting takes the visitor through a corridor leading to a suspended bamboo ceiling, which imparts an Oriental touch. The space is further adorned with a green wall, the sound of water and a statue of the Buddha. Black and grey Kadappa stone with an undulated leather finish, has been used for the flooring. Paper fans and fiber-molded sculptures are cost-effective ornamentations to the walls. The brightly-lit pedicure spa is situated almost at the entrance of the spa and gives a view of the swimming pool. Jute fabric works beautifully with the black Kadappa stone flooring.

Therapy rooms have designed to incorporate angles in each of their walls, with variable lighting and Zen music from the speakers. The adjacent salon is constructed away from the spa to maintain the tranquil environment needed. In contrast, the walls of the salon have been paneled with a beveled mirror, sequinned fabric, and chandelier. Strategically-placed mirrors visually expand the space.