HotSpringsBecomeHometoa Serene Spa Resort
The Ruff Well Water Resort is tucked away at the northwest end of the Sichuan Basin and bordered by the Himalayan Mountains. Designed by Shanghai-based architects, AIM, the resort is one that embraces the age-old practice of using hot springs for both medical care and general wellbeing. It is built around a series of hot springs at the foot of Luo Fu Shan, a mountain range in China.
Covering an area of 2.4 hectares, the spa retreat is organised around small buildings that are all united by a connecting roof. A glass walkway surrounds the steaming geothermal pool at the centre of the compound, and the outdoor pools boast an array of options, from differing levels of minerals in the water to the different temperatures that enhance the already rejuvenating experience. “From the commencement of our project it was clear that this stunning scenery would be a strong influence on the design concept,” the architects explain on their website. “The key attraction of the resort is an extensive spa with a broad range of different water experiences.” While some of the pools are rectangular in shape, others are designed with an organic layout in mind. Some of the pools are sheltered by a roof, and others are open to the sky. The resort offers a restaurant, tearoom, conference room, bar, sauna, gym and hot spa that are all spread over three different levels. The ingenious spatial layout and