Melanie and Megan thought long and hard about what a holistic experience looks like and how it can be created. Entering the retreat, the exterior facade combines two fully restored, double-storey heritage buildings. Archways and cylinder-like walkways encourage flow, establishing, in Melanie’s words, “a spatial language of soft, seamless curves at meeting points between wall, floor and ceiling”.
While promoting smooth transitions between spaces, the pair were also careful not to have the overlapping areas interfere with the soothing of the senses. In technical terms, this meant advanced air purification systems, acoustic treatments and low toxicity building materials like stone and woven fibres.