HotSpringsBe­comeHome­toa Serene Spa Re­sort

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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

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