Elysium Spa
Matej Hakar
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Interior LightingLuceplan
Interior LightingOsmont
Adria L1, Elsa
Terrazzo Tiles Cidemat
Tereza TA101
Sauna HeaterHUUM
DROP
System Ceramic Tiles Ceramica Vogue

Product Spec Sheet
Interior Lighting
Interior Lighting
Adria L1, Elsa by Osmont
Terrazzo Tiles
Tereza TA101 by Cidemat
Sauna Heater
DROP by HUUM
System Ceramic Tiles

Elysium Spa

Grau Architects as Architects

The word elysium in Greek mythology meant the island of the blissful - a place on the western edge of the earth where the gods can transfer their favorites alive, immortal heroes living there in constant spring and without worries.

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Matej Hakar

When designing the spa in the middle of the historical center of Bratislava, we came out from the need to break free from the daily cycle and calm down. This space is a meditative hiding place from the outside world. We build the concept of an urban spa on the perceptions of space as a temple for the body. The reference is the historical public baths Grössling, which are located nearby and provided visitors with the purifying procedures of body and soul.

photo_credit Matej Hakar
Matej Hakar

Through an hidden entrance from Grösslingova Street, we dive into the basement of a historic building via the original stone staircase. In the former cellars, we preserved the original brick vaulted ceiling. We build the concept on embedded objects and a combination of terrazzo, brick, cobalt and black cladding or wood materials.

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Matej Hakar

These objects define the interspace that winds freely around the entire spa. In the second plan, we work with light. With natural, which enters through existing window openings or skylight and is dynamic during the day.

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Matej Hakar

The experience is unique in every time and period. Or with the artificial, which is based on the functional substance, but also underlines the overall intimate atmosphere of the space. A visit to the elysium spa is supposed to be a kind of experiential path of purification and slowing down - therefore an art piece - the Trajectory of Movement by Stanislav Ondruš works as a reference to it.

photo_credit Matej Hakar
Matej Hakar

The benefit of the space is also an outdoor terrace in the courtyard, where is a mobile sauna with sun loungers situated. The unknown combination thus creates a new relationship with the city and the neighborhood. New vistas and new experiences.

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Team:
Lead Architects: Andrej Olah, Filip Marcak, Matej Kurajda
Design Team: Andrej Olah, Filip Marcak, Matej Kurajda, 
Clients: Elysium spa
Collaborators: Painting on walls – Stanislav Ondrus

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Materials Used:

ash veneer – furniture in the space

poplar wood – material of sauna and zen booths

black varnished MDF – entrance elements according to the author's design

blue ceramics – surfaces: bar counter, rest area

black ceramics – surfaces: hygienic spaces

brick – vaulted ceilings

terrazzo – floor in space

galvanized sheets – HVAC distribution

concrete - entrance historical staircase

System ceramic tiles (blue and black) — Ceramica Vogue

Adria L1 and Elsa lights — Osmont

Compendium light — Luceplan

Tereza TA101 terrazzo tiles — Cidemat

Drop sauna oven — HUUM

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