Vertical SPA Rome, 2010
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How to preserve the natural vocation of the project site to be an archaeological museum with
the request of the competition - the construction of a SPA tower of 100m?
How can a skyscraper be integrated in an area of such historic-archaeological importance?
How should a skyscraper work to ensure not only its functions / services, but also that it attracts the interest of casual visitors?
The new SPA tower will be at the same time an archaeological tourist destination and a thermal facility, it will thus have a double use: cultural (at ground floor) and thermal (in the tower) and will also accommodate recreational and sports activities.
This will be achieved thanks to two combined strategies: 1) extension of the archaeological Parco di Traiano with excavation and restoration of the ruins of the Terme di Tito. 2) the construction of the SPA tower whose lower part – covering the perimeter of the plot – will create a sort of covered square with a partially transparent floor, that will show the ruins of the Terme di Tito. read more
Strategic use of the SPA:
The SPA has been divided in five thematic clusters: Tropicana; Scandinavia; Hammam; Thermae; Onsen (three floors each). This will allow an easy management of the SPA and is therefore the flexible element of the project.
The staff has access to all the floors. The users who have only a few hours to spend will have the possibility to choose only one of the clusters, where they will anyway find all types of facilities: saunas, steam baths, jacuzzis, massage rooms and rest areas. The users that will have more time available will have the possibility to buy access to the whole complex, thus to all clusters. The access to the pools, the cafeteria and the sky bar will be free to all customers.
Another advantage of the division in clusters will be that the management will be able to identify through marketing research a few days of the month or week when some clusters may be reserved for special uses (only women, families, etc.) The users will therefore have a choice depending on their individual needs.
During the day, access to the archaeological indoor public square will be possible for any person interested, while at night the square will be closed by large glass doors that however will allow for a partial view of the archaeological plaza.
Site: Rome, Italy
Program: Leisure skyscraper
Key Team Members: Marco de Piaggi, Federico Caputo, Weronika Wawrzyniak