17 June, 2010

Genius Loci. Tamina thermal baths and Les Bains des Docks

Genius Loci - the spirit of a place, it's unique, distinctive atmosphere. The term originates from classical Roman cult, where genius loci was the guardian spirit of a place.

"in architecture and gardening,… all must be adapted to the genius of the place, and… beauties not forced into it, but resulting from it’"
Alexander Pope


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Tamina thermal baths was designed by Smolenicky and partner architecture in 2009. It is located in Bad Ragaz, an area in Switzerland known for its famous natural springs. The building seems to be both modern and corresponding with the traditional architecture of the resort.




















photos by roland bernath and walter mair, via: designboom

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Les Bains des Docks is an aquatic complex in Le Havre (France). The centre was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. As the architect said himself: “One enters a universe of whiteness and depths.”





























photos by Cl.Guillaume, via: designws

6 comments:

  1. It looks so good! Amazing place!

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  2. stunning!
    Have you been there?

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  3. I did a post on Tamina a while ago, isn't the place just amazing? The one in France is new to me and oh how I would love to visit! The geometrical architecture is stunning! Let's go Design Traveler we would have fun! xoxo

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  4. I love it! All of the lines and shapes and forms. So fresh.

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  5. Åpent hus, I haven't been there... just Tøyenbadet for now :)

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  6. I love the Kruisherenhotel and the Bookstore Selexyz Dominicanen in Maastricht. It is my father's hometown and I lived in Maastricht for a few years as a child. Tell you a little secret. I have an exhibition in Selexyz Dominicanen starting October 24th!
    Have a great weekend

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