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Elysium Spa in Bratislava, Slovakia by GRAU architects

Project name:
Elysium Spa
Architecture firm:
GRAU architects
Grösslingová 56, 811 09 Bratislava, Slovakia
Matej Hakár
Principal architect:
Principal arch. Andrej Olah, Filip Marčák, Matej Kurajda
Design team:
Processing of artwork in space [blue graphics on the walls]: Stanislav Ondruš
Interior design:
Built area:
176 m²
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Design year:
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Tools used:
Ash veneer – furniture in the space. Poplar wood – material of sauna and zen booths. Black varnished MDF – entrance elements according to the author's design. Blue ceramics – surfaces: bar counter, rest area. Black ceramics – surfaces: hygienic spaces. Brick – vaulted ceilings. Terrazzo – floor in space. Galvanized sheets – HVAC distribution. Concrete - entrance historical staircase
200 000 €
Elysium Tech
Healthcare › Spa

GRAU architects: Elysium Spa brings space for calm and relaxation, which also supports its visual. The concept is based on a minimalist combination of three elements, wood in the form of furniture, tiles and embedded elements of the sauna, whirlpool and relaxation rooms, which offer different atmospheres and stimuli.

The word elysium in Greek mythology meant the island of the blissful - a place on the western edge of the earth where the gods can transfer their favorites alive, immortal heroes living there in constant spring and without worries.

When designing the spa in the middle of the historical center of Bratislava, we came out from the need to break free from the daily cycle and calm down. This space is a meditative hiding place from the outside world. We build the concept of an urban spa on the perceptions of space as a temple for the body. The reference is the historical public baths Grössling, which are located nearby and provided visitors with the purifying procedures of body and soul. Through a hidden entrance from Grösslingova Street, we dive into the basement of a historic building via the original stone staircase. In the former cellars, we preserved the original brick vaulted ceiling. We build the concept on embedded objects and a combination of terrazzo, brick, cobalt and black cladding or wood materials. These objects define the interspace that winds freely around the entire spa. In the second plan, we work with light. With natural, which enters through existing window openings or skylight and is dynamic during the day. The experience is unique at every time and period. Or with the artificial, which is based on the functional substance, but also underlines the overall intimate atmosphere of the space. A visit to the Elysium Spa is supposed to be a kind of experiential path of purification and slowing down - therefore an art piece - the Trajectory of Movement by Stanislav Ondruš works as a reference to it.

The benefit of the space is also an outdoor terrace in the courtyard, where is a mobile sauna with sun loungers situated. The unknown combination thus creates a new relationship with the city and the neighborhood. New vistas and new experiences.

By Liliana Alvarez

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