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THE DORCHESTER COLLECTION, COWORTH PARK SPA , BERKSHIRE
Wednesday 11 May 2011
Coworth Park Spa is an eco-luxury spa and forms an independent part of a Luxury hotel development this pioneering Architectural, Engineering and Lighting design meets the key aspirations of the client.
The building's volume and footprint has been kept to a minimum and the spa intimately relates to its sensitive green belt setting, with low energy consumption along with low ongoing maintenance costs without compromise to the luxury aesthetic.
Commanding exceptional views across the woodland estate, the spa offers a pool, gymnasium, three thermal rooms, ten treatment rooms and a terrace oriented to make the most of the natural sun path from morning to dusk. A timber glulam monocoque frame and lime hemp walling contribute to the spa's carbon negative design, and a biomass boiler and closed loop ground water heat transfer system provides approximately 50% of the spa's energy demand. The interior lighting predominantly comprises an indirect LED lighting solution using the soft colours and natural building fabrics to reflect subdued lighting to all areas providing a relaxing and luxurious series of spaces.
Our lighting design addressed key elements of the brief by reducing light levels and concentrating on indirect accents of light which resulted in a direct energy reduction and a luxury enhancement of the space without seeing the lighting fixtures. Specifically indirect concealed lighting for way finding to the building at night, indirect concealed lighting fully integrated within the roof lights along circulation routes and within treatment rooms, integrated lights within joinery cabinets influenced by Donald Judd.
The Spa lighting maximizes the use of state of the art LED technology to light all areas and it addresses briefing requests for low maintenance, low energy consumption. (We believe it's the first Luxury Spa of its kind to take this approach).
The use of curved ceiling combined with the in-pool LED lighting provide the ambient lit effect without the need for lighting in the ceiling is a unique approach, other Innovative aspects to the lighting scheme would be the extensive use of LED lighting also the exterior reed sculpture and treatment room LED Chandeliers.
We believe above all, this scheme illustrates a considered approach to lighting levels and space shaping whilst at the same time does not compromise the aesthetic of a luxury spa.
Lighting Design: Ben Stephens and Lee Prince at Light + Design Associates Ltd
Architect: - Purcell Miller Tritton
Interior Design: - Fox Linton Associates; Martin Hulbert, Rupert Martineau, Jenni Lomax.