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Alba Thermal Springs and Spa Fingal, VIC

The scheme curates a sensory journey where the arrival is paced to create a sense of suspense—the building is partly embedded in the hilltop, giving the impression it seemingly disappears and remerges from the landscape. The curved concrete walls express the purity of form; delineating the spaces and cutting through the landscape creating sunken courtyards and allowing natural light to penetrate indoors, illuminating the interiors.

Catering for up to 400 guests, the luxurious wellbeing facility features 35 pools, including salt baths, geothermal pools, cold plunge pools and herbal infused pools. The semi-subterranean entry-level hosts reception, change rooms and administration. The upper-level features 21 exclusive spa treatment rooms including a dry sauna, steam room, Vichy shower and single or double massage rooms. The restaurant, levelled with the surrounding landscape offers a selection of healthy choices to nourish the body, focusing on local and seasonal produce. A large roof terrace shared between the restaurant and the spa treatment area is thoughtfully designed to capture vistas from every vantage point atop the main building.