Acontemporary laser and cosmetic medical clinic blended with the traditional Turkish-bath culture or ‘Hammam’, the Skin Temple on St Kilda Road is a beautiful blend of state-of-the-art design and ancient mystery.
Designed by CoLab Design Studio and drawing on the vision of the spa’s owner, Dr Alicia Teska, the Skin Temple uses the soothing nature of colours such as turquoise, combined with the textural elements of Japanese lacquering and Persian-inspired laser cut screens, to create a delicious explosion of sights, smells, sounds, touch and tastes.
“We’ve found that by providing not only visual stimuli but also auditory (via waterproof Bose speakers in the Hammam), olfactory (via fragrances which are typical of the region), taste (via freshly brewed sweet mint tea) and touch (via therapists trained in oriental spa treatments) elements, we’ve been able to appeal to those who have travelled widely and also to those who are curious about overseas travel but perhaps for some reason haven’t been to these exotic places yet,” said Dr Alicia Teska.
Each space within the Hammam itself evokes a unique spatial experience through the distinctive use of mosaic-clad three way curves, encompassing walls, floors and ceilings to ensure an even flow of condensation and steam within the spaces.
The effect is evocative and sensual; expressing a uniquely feminine design sensitivity, which is evident in every aspect of the design, down to the custom-made furniture, branding and graphics.
Every room, from the Hammam to the treatment suites and even down to the reception entrance, needs to be carefully unwrapped, layer by layer, in order to appreciate the different elements which evoke the essence of age-old oriental and Middle Eastern beauty rituals. This space is tranquil in every way, and was awarded an ASpa award for Best Spa Experience in 2012.