ISSUE 4  |  Chinese New Year

Super Sense Spa in Shanghai

January 28, 2014 7:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

In their design for Super Sense Spa in Shangai, KUU architects looked to Shanghai’s past, preserving the integrity of the 1930s space while adding hints of modernity. Located in a three-and-a-half-story townhouse in the shopping district of Shanghai, the spa features rough and refined elements: “The interior experience of the spa is at once intimate and rich, made with colors and textures that are not typically found in a spa,” say the architects, “but reminds one of both the old Shanghai world and a possible future one.”

Photos by Jeremy San via Arch Daily.

Above: According to the architects, “We kept the facade of the building simple, rough, and dull-colored to contrast with the over-abundant visual effects of its neighbors along the street.”

Above: Products are arrayed in a white chamber with a dramatic arched entrance. The walls are painted with emulsion paint applied over rough plaster.

Above: The room has whitewashed brick walls and exposed rafters.

Above: Ancient meets modern: a treatment room with minimalist fixtures.

Above: A dimly lit, Zen-like space with treatment tables for two. 

Above: The architects left the old timber ceiling rafters partially exposed.

Above: Arched doorways and rough plaster are repeating motifs.

To see more of KUU Architects’ work, go to Revolution Road: An Architect-Designed Compound in Shanghai.