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A harmonious mixture of wellness, spa and traditional fitness awaits guests of the new Holmes Place Spa in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz. The pleasant image is decisively affected by the architecture and lighting design.
Over an area of 4,500 square metres, guests can take part in traditional fitness activities, in large training spaces. As well as a comprehensive programme of courses, the club offers a Holistic Room for yoga
and meditation, a very elegant sauna and Turkish bath area, plus a swimming pool and beauty treatment rooms. The task of the architecture was to satisfy the various functions of the rooms and client expectations, as well as creating an atmosphere able to harmoniously bring together the different areas. It was a major challenge, since Holmes Place Spa offers activities which are very varied such as fitness, which requires bright lighting for the gym or spinning room, and the spa, where very subtle, relaxing lighting is needed.
The solution is lighting design with extremely reserved lighting, enhancing the architecture and atmosphere. Where possible, recessed luminaires were used which do not project from the ceiling, so that the lighting layout is simple and neat. The Easy fluorescent system was used in the beauty treatment area and in the shower cubicle zone. In particular, in the wellness area, whose look is dominated by dark surfaces, lighting was minimised to provide a comforting, relaxing atmosphere. Whilst in the large lounge on the top floor up lighting contributes to visitors’ total wellbeing with lit perimeters created by grooves cut into the false ceilings fitted with Reglette fluorescent luminaires, in the Holistic Studio, general lighting is provided by Reflex Professional Wall Washer luminaires together with Deep Laser Frame LED luminaires for different settings.
In the spinning room the brighter light needed is provided by ceiling-mounted iN60 luminaires.