NBC’s Open House featured architect Bob Henry discussing how he created a ballroom atmosphere and dancefloor in Luda and Victor Conti’s luxury TriBeCa apartment. Luda now has space to practice for ballroom competitions within her glamorous white-on-white home.
Why TRI at 63?Why attempt a triathlon at age 63? Bob Henry—who finished a sprint triathlon in July 2019—says, “As an expert in wellness design, I want to walk the talk. Cross training keeps you physically fit and mentally alert. Research has proven that strenuous exercise is a combatant of early Alzheimer’s disease.” The Central Park Triathlon is a three-part race that begins with a quarter-mile swim in Lasker Pool, continues with a bike ride for two loops around the park (12.4 miles), and ends with a 5K (3.1 mile) run. This year, Bob finished fourth in his division: males 60-64. He recommends “putting it on your bucket list or joining me next year and giving Alzheimer’s a rain-check.”
Design Drives Revenue
Bob Henry was invited to speak at the International Spa Association (ISPA) conference and expo. His presentation, Design Trends that Bring Clients + Revenue, was especially compelling to spa and resort owners in the audience. During the session, he presented seven spa and wellness case studies demonstrating design’s impact on increases to revenue and client share.
Making Wellness Accessible
In an interview with Sam Liebowitz of The Talking Alternative, Bob Henry discusses how his Governors Island project with QC Terme-Milan is making wellness accessible. “It’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity,” says Henry. Governors Island will offer co-ed hydrotherapy experiences within indoor and outdoor pools, as well as more private gender-specific treatments. Spa experiences will include several body and facial treatments, eucalyptus steam rooms, hammams, aromatic saunas, Kneipp-thermal walks, assorted hydro-massage pools, and a number of relaxation rooms that provide distinct wellness experiences.
What Is Wellness Architecture?
Known as “The Sensuous Architect of Serenity,” Bob discusses the importance of wellness architecture on The Talking Alternative. As an example, Bob shows how the salt inhalation rooms Robert D. Henry Architects designed for a 5-star Wellness Hotel in Guangzhou, China, might be a possible remedy to the poor air quality. Salt inhalation is the beginning of a whole wellness regimen where guests move from the salt room into a temperate relaxation room then into a snow chamber, boosting the immune system by transitioning between hot and cold environments.
Wellness in the Future
Bob Henry spoke at the 8th Annual Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS), held in Marrakesh, Morocco. The Summit highlights the $3.4-trillion wellness industry and was attended by futurists, economists, and wellness experts. He presented a Peek Into the Future about the impact of architecture and interior design on emerging trends within the wellness sector.
Flexible Living on a Small Scale
Bob Henry’s 2+1 Loft was featured on Homes with Style, a series showcasing standout homes and dream dwellings of architects and designers. Highlights of this minimalist design include how Bob adapted the space for his growing family and maximized its usefulness with ingenious multi-functional design that imparted the family’s principles of elegance and well-being.