Bob was recently invited to speak at the International Spa Association (ISPA) conference and expo, which was held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The title of the presentation was Design Trends that Bring Clients + Revenue. During the session, Bob presented seven different spa and wellness case studies, where revenue and client share were increased by design. The trends discussed included:
- Make-Over – Mandarin Oriental – Miami, FL
- Problem Solver – Jumeirah Talise Spa – Guangzhou, China
- Tale of Two Cities – Obagi Beverly Hills / Palm Integrated Health – St Louis, MO
- Full Immersion – Setai Wall Street – New York, NY
- Guest Circulation – Vdara Health and Beauty – Las Vegas, NV
- Less is More – Old Post Office – Washington, DC
- The Future of Spa – QC Terme – Governors Island, NY
Each facility provided strategic touch-points, while a common thread emerged: a spa’s regionally based treatments and programs should ultimately drive the design of your business, while providing an impactful guest experience.
In an with Sam Liebowitz of The Talking Alternative, Bob Henry spoke about their Governors Island project with QC Terme- Milan.
QC Terme is bringing a European grand spa experience to America, albeit we are tailoring it to the American audience. Governors Island will offer both co-ed hydrotherapy experiences within indoor & outdoor pools as well as more private gender specific treatments. Spa Experiences will include all types of body and facial treatments, eucalyptus steam rooms, hammams, aromatic saunas, kneipp- thermal walks, assorted hydro massage pools and a number of unique relaxation rooms.
The Governors Island project is meant to be inclusive versus exclusive. It will offer a full day rate of $50-$75 for guests and visitors, which goes along with the current mayor’s social agenda as it relates to Governors Island being a recreational experience for all of New York.
Bob Henry was invited to do an interview regarding the latest Spa treatment regimens, on The Talking Alternative with Sam Liebowitz. Below is a video excerpt from that interview discussing how the salt inhalation rooms Robert D. Henry Architects designed for a 5-star Wellness Hotel in Guangzhou, China, might be a possible solution to the poor air quality in China. Salt inhalation helps to clear the lungs and reduce moisture in the bronchial system providing improved breathing for those suffering from air pollution, bronchitis and general respiratory problems. We designed a whole wellness regimen where guests move from the salt room into a temperate relaxation room then into a snow chamber. The hot to cold can boost the immune system, clears the lungs and is the perfect remedy to China’s inner city pollution problem.
We also discuss how many major world leaders are becoming more aware of the need to encourage health and wellness initiatives within their countries.
Bob Henry spoke at the 8th Annual Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS), held in Marrakesh, Morocco. The Summit shines a light on 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 the design of architecture and interiors can have on the emerging trends within the wellness sector.
In 2000, the 2+1 Loft was featured on “Homes with Style”, a series showcasing the homes and dream dwellings of architects and designers. This episode highlights the minimalist design adapted for a growing family of the apartment and shows how space can be maximized with multi functional design serving various uses and user groups.