Lovers of underground spaces and a good massage will love this. The Atrium Spa & Beauté located in the historic town of Mâcon in eastern France may look like any other upscale wellness center from the outside, but take a trip down its elegantly marbled porcelain stairs and you will be find a modern underground facility equipped with luxurious treatment rooms and relaxing ambient lighting.
Italian designer Alberto Apostoli was eager to take on the challenge of converting the basement space into a stylish spa setting. The upper level, where one can receive hair, hand, and face spa treatments, is conventional but chic. Once you descend the staircase to the lower level, you are greeted by a soft, soothing atmosphere, thanks to indirect LED strip lighting. All unsightly elements needed to run the facility are strategically hidden away behind a curtain.
The underground spa’s 270 square meters fit a Finnish sauna, steam bath made almost entirely out of glass, and a space for a hydro massage. Two single rooms and a double room downstairs each feature custom Italian furniture. Throughout the rooms, a black and white color palette is used to accompany the natural stone walls, with a few splashes of gold.
“What is especially satisfying in the result is the mix of pre-existing stone and contemporary materials, managed through a thoughtful creative process,” said Apostoli. “The owners trusted us entirely in our thinking and this led to a major achievement from the point of view of consistency in both style and technology.” The spa is near Saint Pierre’s Church and is thought to have served as a crypt hundreds of years ago. With the current transformation, one would never know.
Images via Alexandre Montagne