The Mission Hills Volcanic Mineral Springs and Spa has been recently completed through the efforts of SB Architects with the direction from Mission Hills Group. This hospitality design is one of the world’s largest spa destinations located on the Northern coast of China’s Hainan Island. The Volcanic Mineral Springs and Spa is one of the key components of Mission Hills’ Haikou which is the five-star resort that offers wide range of wellness, recreation, entertainment, leisure and dining experiences not to mention the existence of 10 famous golf courses.
The hospitality design houses the largest natural springs reserve in the region and it stands royally within an area of 950,000 square feet. The amazing spa is the key feature that defines the expansive mineral spring complex. It is located centrally and surrounded by 473,000 square feet of impeccably landscaped gardens, 168 springs and treatment venues inspired by the different continents. All of these represent the Volcanic Mineral Springs. There are also 29 luxury villas that provide intimate and private haven both for residents and guests that are looking for long-term serenity.
The iconic spa of this hospitality design features the soaring, semi-circular bamboo that rises from the massive lava stone base. It is slightly canted in order to increase its impact and the sense of grandeur it represents. This is the focal point of the design and a powerful statement demonstrating a soaring sense of verticality. Utilizing the local lava stone and bamboo allowed the design to have a firm ground considering the surrounding nature and topography of Hainan Island.
Its design was inspired by the traditional Hakka Earthen Fortress Villages of Southern China. Historically, the communal structures have been used both for defense and communal living which is today utilized for the spa’s distinctive design. It has been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites for their unique involvement to the building and human settlement history.
The volcanic lava springs was inspired by the ancient bathing rituals and healing journeys. They are organized to a series of different continental zones through their architecture, landscape and therapeutic treatments featuring the indigenous qualities of Asia and Oceania, North and South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. These geographical zones are linked by the striking 800-meter bamboo-covered pathway snaking through the spa grounds which is similar to the dragon’s spine.
Indeed, the Mission Hills Volcanic Mineral Springs and Spa by SB Architects is truly amazing and in itself a venue for serenity – calm refuge for guests and residents alike.
Posted by JackieAzuela at 11 January, 2012