Sally Kellet’s vision for Mirosuna was to create a space for deep relaxation that nurtures physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. To achieve this vision, Sally sought a designer who embodied her beliefs that good design can benefit human wellbeing by innovating and integrating building materials and technologies. An existing elevated warehouse at Ross St South Melbourne was selected as the site to undergo a transformation from an industrial shell to a high performing thermally and acoustically lined wellness venue.
Mirosuna hosts community meditation sessions, movement classes and restorative massage treatments. These services are held in two key wellness spaces. The primary space reflects the building’s pitched form, underscoring a sense of space, presence and ambience. The head of the room, a narrow focal point, reveals natural light and hints at the outside world. In this space, meditation is facilitated by the hum of sound bowls for a deeper state of relaxation. The second wellness space is used for both meditation and movement groups, leaving the remaining floorplan for essential support amenities, office and storerooms.
Our design for Mirosuna integrates a warm, tactile aesthetic with four key sensory spatial principles; acoustics, visual ambience, tactility and climate. Aurally, sound is controlled by preventing exterior noise interference, while enhancing the interior reverberation of the singing bowl hum. An audio playlist curated by Sally to assist with the transition from the urban realm to a peaceful mindset is played to add another layer of acoustic effect.
Visually, there is a pronounced disconnection from the chaos of surrounding South Melbourne where the soft interior palette is gently illuminated by indirect, ambient light. Tactile natural surfaces and materials inherently low in volatile compounds are featured throughout Mirosuna. Timber selection is native and a sustainable cork floor has been incorporated for softness under foot. Sheer linen curtains provide warmth and privacy when needed. The entry features a custom handmade bronze door pull by Barbera Design. Interior climate is a key aspect in creating an optimal wellness experience. We integrated the controlled air system architecturally to direct air flow across the floor to minimise air movement, while the cork flooring is suspended above a slab to maximise warmth to bare foot traffic.
Our highly customised design response considered the client’s vision of an urban wellbeing and mindfulness hub to facilitate pause and regeneration.
Material Used :
1. Structure: Double Brick Masonry
2. Walls and cladding: Dulux Off White
3. Floors: Cork Wise Flooring supplied by Market Timbers
4. Lighting: LED Strip
5. Joinery: Laminex Brushed Brass & Solid Yellow Stringy Bark