MARKING THE SINGAPORE National Parks Board’s first attempt to integrate spa and wellness use into park land, the Aramsa Spa is very much in sync with Singapore’s vision as a global spa city as well as to reinvigorate the parks.
Despite the exclusivity of the spa uses, the spa complex engages the public and park users in its activities wherever possible. This creates a dichotomy between the public and private realms as the insertion of an integrated spa facility in a public park is by itself a privatization of public space.
The project attempts to publicise the private realms to a large extent without giving up on privacy and exclusivity totally. This is achieved by creating visual links into the inner sanctions of the spa through transparent intermediate spaces and layers of lush gardens that sandwich the various pockets of spa components. The sensitive selection of plant palette elevates one's preferred privacy where needed most.