The Project

The 10,000 SF Cedar Spa offers a variety of traditional and unique spa therapies in a beautiful, biophilic space full of natural elements that promote relaxation, well-being, and healing, including steam rooms, saunas, vitality pools and separate lounges for women and men.

Within the spa reception space, an illuminated ceiling feature appears as sunlight shining through a canopy of red cedar trees. This simulation was created using ornate copper ceiling elements allowing pockets of light to peek through, creating dancing shadows around the spa entry. Multi-colored lighting introduces serene color palettes into the space.

A juxtaposition of polished and raw materials is expressed in the front desk by pairing raw Cedar accents with a jagged edged marble slab surround. Textured wall coverings with subdued shimmer enhance the space for an added touch of glamour.

Floor to ceiling screening combines cedar planks and copper blocking to create elegant wayfinding from the retail area to the treatment corridors. Guests amble through the river rock and stacked stone lined main treatment corridor to reach their desired spa service. The unique layout of the spa allows each treatment area to be hidden from the next – granting each guest a private and personalized experience.

Beyond the spa reception area is the manicure and pedicure salon wrapped in sparkling wallcoverings and featuring the most current in spa offerings. Spa changing rooms and bathrooms are adorned with copper sinks and stall doors and copper shower doors to pull the copper motif into the luxury spa environment.

Dedicated men’s and women’s aqua thermal rooms are situated adjacent to respective changing rooms, lounges, and a unisex lounge. Wrapped floor to ceiling in warm stone and stacked stone accents, the aqua thermal rooms come complete with vitality whirlpools surrounded by comfortable heated loungers with padded headrests, and glass enclosed steam rooms and saunas.

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Photography © ThinkDero Photography / Dero Sanford

LocationSouth Bend, IndianaTotal Size10,000 SFTotal CostWithheld at Owner's RequestClientPokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Services PerformedArchitecture, Interior DesignProgram ComponentsFull-service salon, men’s and women’s aqua thermal rooms with steam rooms, saunas, vitality pools, changing rooms, lounges, a unisex lounge, and treatment rooms

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