Thursday, September 18, 2014

Planning and Design Guidelines for SPA facilities

Here is a presentation on the planning and design guidelines for Spa facilities. This may be a useful information to those doing their architectural thesis or those doing research on this type of facility.


The term is derived from the name of the town of Spa , Belgium, where since medieval times illnesses caused by iron deficiency were treated by drinking chalybeate (iron bearing) spring water.

A Belgian spring of iron bearing water was called Espa for "fountain", and was used in 1326 as a cure by an iron master with such success that he founded a health resort which developed into the town. It is also suggested that the term Espa may be derived from the name of the resort, and that its source could be the Latin word "spagere" meaning to scatter, sprinkle or moisten.

It is often suggested, with little evidence, that the word is an acronym of various Latin phrases such as "Salus Per Aquam” or "Sanitas Per Aquam" meaning "health through water", all of which seem to have modern sources.

According to the International Spa Association: Spa - an entity devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit

Resort – any place or places with pleasant environment and atmosphere conducive to comfort, relaxation and rest, offering food, sleeping accommodation and recreational facilities to the public for a fee or remuneration and which meet the minimum requirements imposed by the DOT under its Rules and regulations to Govern the Accreditation of Resorts.

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