August 5, 2021

14 Restful Health & Wellness Projects

From spas to lounges to fitness studios, these health and wellness spaces call for pause. 

Editor’s note: This story was updated in March, 2022, to include additional coverage of impressive health and wellness spaces.

1. Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos Melds Nature and Architecture for a Residential Development Outside of Mexico City

Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

If ever there was a harmonious melding of nature and architecture, it is this 914-acre residential development, located approximately 100 miles southwest of Mexico City by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos. Read more

2. NOA* Network of Architecture Transforms a 17th-Century Monastery into a Chic Hotel and Spa

NOA* Network of Architecture

Arriving with no expectations, Stephanie Happacher and her husband Manuel Mutschlechner were stunned to discover a monastery and an overgrown garden dating to 1689. The couple bought the property in 2019 and hired NOA* Network of Architecture to convert it into a 40-room hotel and spa, a serene sanctuary now called Monastero Arx Vivendi. Read more

3. Snorre Stinessen Architecture Conceives of a Chalet-Style Lodge With a Spalike Bath in Norway

Snorre Stinessen Architecture

Originally it was meant to be a private home. But when Snore Stinessen Architecture began concepting a cabin in the Lyngen Alps, the client couldn’t help but imagine the potential for a chalet-style lodge where guests could enjoy the world-class skiing, glacier trekking, and wildlife spotting the land provides. Read more

4. Kokaistudios Envisions an Island in the Sky in Dubai

Kokai Studios

What’s more enticing than a relaxing day at the pool? Try one with sky-high views. Kokaistudios completed a wraparound infinity pool roughly 688 feet above ground in Dubai. Read more

5. Bright Architecture Creates Holistic Wellness Experience at Mind Body Project In NYC

Bright Architecture

Yoga mats embedded into the oak-plank floor by Madera can be removed for cleaning, while the arched niches store custom meditation cushions by Stitchroom. Read more

6. Atelier Right Hub Draws on Ancient Rituals for a Modern Spa in Hangzhou, China

Atelier Right Hub

The spa is outfitted with custom furnishings, such as the sunken lounge sofa by Atelier Right Hub framed by an arched window. Read more

7. JCPCDR Architecture Elevates the Dental Exam Experience with Paris Dental Studios

JCPCDR Architecture

Aiming to elevate the oral examination experience through a design-forward, wellness-centered space, a close collaboration between youthful dentists and designers has resulted in a très chic urban locale. Read more

8. Asaggio Conceives Boutique Wellness Hotel and Spa in Italy


At Forestis, a boutique wellness hotel and spa by Asaggio, a penthouse suite has its own private plunge pool. Read more

9. Architect Vo Trong Nghia Shares Insight into his Environmentally-Friendly Bamboo Structures

Vo Trong Nghĩa Architects

Vo Trong Nghia was inspired by a nearby river when designing the undulating forms of the Huong An Vien Visiting House—a place for quiet meditation in a Hue cemetery. Read more

10. Gallery House, Bansberia, India by Abin Design Studio

Abin Design Studio

The two-story facility by Abin Design Studio is a contemporary take on the terra-cotta facades of traditional Bengali temples. Read more

11. Brewin Design Office Transforms a Singapore Shophouse into The Yoga Conservation House

Brewin Design Office

The second-floor yoga studio features rattan screens framed in timber, which serve as partitions to enclose the studio for privacy while inviting in natural light. Read more

12. Modern Ryokan Kishi-ke Provides Traditional Japanese Hospitality with a Modern Take

 Ryohei Tanaka

Kishike Co. Ltd CEO Nobuyuki Kishi embedded ancient principles of Japanese hospitality into a two-building retreat. Guests pass through a Zen garden en route from the reception building to the guest house. Read more

13. Waldkliniken Eisenberg in Germany by Matteo Thun & Partners

Matteo Thun and Partners

Surrounded by forest, Germany’s largest orthopedic center, designed by Matteo Thun & Partners, features local larch and oak for its facade and interiors, part of a “hospitecture” philosophy in which the aesthetics and comforts typical of hospitality projects are combined with the rigorous clinical requirements of a healthcare facility. Read more

14. Sensasia Stories Spa by Roar


To take guests on a journey of total body wellness via Asian sensibilities, Roar chose a restrained yet warm palette of granite, rose gold–finished stainless steel, and wooden tones. Read more

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