Emily March, Matthew Magee, Selina Raile

Sensory Spa Developed Design

The experience of the city is the experience of the whole body, each of the senses simultaneously telling the body and mind how to feel or behave:

‘I confront the city with my body; my legs measure the length of the arcade and the width of the square; my gaze unconsciously projects my body onto the facade of the cathedral, where it roams over the mouldings and contours sensing the size of recesses and projections; my body weight meets the mass of the cathedral door, and my hand grasps the door pull as I enter the dark void beyond. I experience myself in the city, and the city exists through my embodied experience. The city and my body supplement and define each other. I dwell in the city, and the city dwells in me.’ The Eyes of Skin, Juhani Pallasmaa, 43

The canal waters and proximity of them to the historical facades of Venice create rare visual delights seen virtually nowhere else around the world. The urban strategy of an inner-city marshland and pragmatic utopia, where the people, the urban fabric and the lagoon environment can live as one,
presented in Venice the opportunity to test an ancient typology: thermal baths. This architectural intervention aims to unite people to the water culture of Venice, physically, emotionally and socially: providing a whole-body experience.