Third appointment with the Spa Design section.
The spa is certainly one of the favorite destinations for those who want to spend their holidays in total relaxation. For this reason we want to take you around the world and let you discover the most beautiful spa locations and analyze their design and architecture.

Today we are in Iceland, in the Blue Lagoon Resort, inside the world’s most exciting design hotel.

SPA Design: Blue Lagoon Spa Retreat

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The Retreat Spa rises in the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, inside the UNESCO Global Geopark.
This magical place includes a series of pools containing geothermal seawater rich in minerals and is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.

The Structure


The construction of the Blu Lagoon Retreat, designed by Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir founding partner of Basalt Architects, begins in 2014.
The new area is a luxe 62-suite retreat with a subterranean spa that has direct access to the lagoon, a slick Icelandic restaurant and unlimited access to the surrounding landscape.

The contemporary building stands on an extension of 800-year-old lava. Precisely for this reason its realization was not easy.

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“You cannot know what the lava will reveal of itself until you have excavated it .You have to be prepared for changing your design and adapting it to nature. You sometimes have to stop and rethink everything,”

“We wanted the lava, the moss, the water to be omnipresent, resulting in architecture that is woven in with the natural elements,”

-Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir-founder of Basal Architects-

The structure, thanks to the work of the team, is ultimately perfectly integrated with the natural landscape on which it stands, thus minimizing the constructive and aesthetic impact on the natural beauty of the place.

The Design


The interior design project is the result of Basal Architects e Design Group Italia collaboration. The original idea for design was to take inspiration from the colors and shapes of the landscape. For this reason the interiors include simple shapes, linear furnishings, and neutral tones.

The structure is mainly in cement. The bespoke facades and screens have dark gray shades and a perforated pattern.
Everything is harmonized with the warm shades of wood.

The architects used lava stone in interiors in different ways, both in objects (such as the counter) and in surfaces. This allowed us to incorporate the building even more into its environment. The design of the rooms is minimalist and linear, with furniture by B&B Italia. What characterizes all the rooms are the full-height windows, which allow a magnificent view of the turquoise waters of the lagoon.


Client:  Blue Lagoon Retreat Spa
Location: Iceland
Architect : Basal Architects
Design: Design Group Italia
Photocredit : Blue Lagoon Retreat Spa