The resident of Barra da Tijuca, in Rio de Janeiro, the architect Indio da Costa has an extensive and well maintained garden at his home. But for pure hedonistic pleasure, in his own words, decided to build a 100 m² of spa to enjoy more comfort time of relaxation beside his wife, the decorator Ana Maria Indio da Costa, who was responsible for the whole decoration.
The construction began by bathroom and the outdoor sauna, in the middle of the lawn. “The idea was to create an integrated space to garden, intended for rest and contemplation, addition to the activities related to the body and mind” says the architect. With privileged view of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, the wet sauna is covered by glass and connected to a small pool of cold water. Besides, there is another pool, this with heated water. Other attractions are the open-air bathroom with shower and the pond supplied by a vertical drop of water.
The covered area destined to the gym, there is a corner for massage delimited orange linen curtains. “The warm hues make nice contrast with the base of the building and the natural materials of the furniture of wood and stone,” says Indio. A wicker rocking chair and six slatted wooden loungers around a hexagonal table, under the trees, harmonize the look. For dining, the professional opted stone table with stone benches also, under a pergola in the form of arbor covered with bougainvillea and jasmine.
The relaxing atmosphere is complete with hammocks, located in the shadow of a Pandanus tree. According Indio, the inspiration came from nature. “The spa is all made of stone, wood and glass and plays with shadow and trees existing on site. The contact with the environment is straightforward. Anyway, it’s a happy place to be, “he concludes.
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