The thesis degree ‘ a building for the water ’ refers to a combination of bathing and spaces of amusement , which have as a central element the water . The design of this spatial combination is influenced by the micro-landscape of the region (the building is being located in Loutra Edipsou) and also by the tradition of centuries in thermal baths, as they are applied in the region.
The spaces are designed around the basic element, the water, (the center of the building is a pool) and inside it , as the ‘ building ’ is situated in the sea , only few meters from the coast . The second important element, as far as it concerns the synthesis, is the movement inside the building.
As long as the movement of the visitor is being concerned, his physical transportation from one point to another , the ‘ journey ’ begins from the land , from the route of the passenger up until the point were the building inside the water is totally visible , there is pointed the entrance of the ‘ building ’ . There begins the journey. The visitor gets aboard in small boats and makes a small route in the sea until he reaches the building . Since that point the route he will make inside the ‘building’ depends on the spaces he wants to visit and the treatments he wants to submit. Generally the inner movement of the ‘building’ follows the design and it could be characterized as perimetric, this does not stop the linear and straight connection of the spaces with similar usage, which has been considered in the design.
This building lodges all the bathing treatments and activities that can be applied based on the curing attributes of the water that spring in the area. Some of them are procedures taking place at a bath tub, treatments with smooth rain, electrotherapy and a variety of treatments that are implicated in the general idea of spa therapy and the procedures of wellness, like Turkish Bath, body massage, a gym but also and a unique resting area.
Also, are gathered some usages which concerns the general field of amusement, the majority of these usages are more spiritual than physical, like the exhibition hall, the aquarium, the observatories also a restaurant and a bar.
For us, the design of a SPA is an effort for the creation of a modern center for a physical and spiritual wellness, targeting the attraction of young persons in this field, the continuation and the reestablishment of SPA following the modern ways.