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|Title:||DESA1002 'Continuous City' Caitlin Carlier|
Architecture & Allied Arts
|Abstract:||Lord Byron called Dubrovnik ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’ and it has always been a popular destination. Currently Dubrovnik is visited by almost two cruise ships a day. The old city in Dubrovnik is the main attraction with its city wall, red rooftops and numerous art galleries and museums. Dubrovnik Day Spa is a female only day spa, which aims to provide an exclusive experience for its visitors. There were three different concepts behind the buildings design. The first of these came from the spa being for the pampering of women and therefore the symbol of the Ancient Greek Goddess was used a repetitive shape within the building. However, Dubrovnik has a linear grid, which forced a welcome restriction and resulted in a curved interior and rectangular exterior. The second concept was about getting the most amount of light into the space but keeping the guests hidden from outside viewers. This resulted in an open oval atrium, which lets light right down to the pool on the first floor. The sides of the building are covered with large wooden shutters which can be angled for different seasons to allow maximum light down into the rooms but which prevent guests from being viewed by from adjacent buildings or from the laneways that exist on either side. The third concept behind the building was to give guests an experience. This occurs through guests being guided into a change room before entering the main pool area and then being guided by curved passageways and a spiral staircase to the second, third floor and rooftop. Upon exiting the building, guests once again are guided through the main pool area but into a different change room, which gives the experience a separate beginning and ending. Lastly, there is not a lot of green within the old city and so the building has a roof garden for visitors to use. The building is relatively unassuming using the typical Dubrovnik stone masonry but due to Dubrovnik having a very clear vernacular architecture it still has a strong street presence.|
|Department/Unit/Centre:||Architecture & Allied Arts|
|Appears in Collections:||DESA1002 – 2009|
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