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June 3, 2021
Text: Carlene Olsen
Atelier Right Hub Draws on Ancient Rituals for a Modern Spa in Hangzhou, China
For thousands of years, healers have used singing bowls made of precious metals to balance the body and mind through sound. Drawing on the austere aesthetic and healing properties of these bowls, local firm Atelier Right Hub designed Soul Realm SPA’s first location in Hangzhou, China, as a meditative space that fosters mental and physical wellbeing. Located on the 13th floor of a commercial building by the Qiantang river, the team navigated the building’s existing columns by creating a labyrinth of circular forms. The resulting space features a nearly monastic interior. Guests immediately are immersed in a monochromatic palette of white clay punctuated by subtle teal accents, while a custom U-shaped sunken sofa with sweeping city views invites moments of reflection and socialization between spa services. The orderly space, like the singing bowls that informed its design, serves as a vessel for spiritual exploration, awakening the senses through layers of texture and visuals.