A superlative spa
Written by: Štěpánka Strouhalová
Photo by: Věroslav Sixt
Good architecture should evoke emotions.
Blue Orange, a comprehensive wellness center in Letňany, intentionally
uses restrained architectural means and carefully planned combinations
of materials to achieve optimal mind and body affinity. The two-floor
building, designed by Luděk Rýzner, makes "friendly places" of
all parts of the restaurant, hotel, conference room, health club,
and beauty salon, providing interesting transparency for daylight
and the outdoors environment through peaceful atria, terraces,
balconies, and flat roofs with greenery.
Contact between the outdoors and the indoors results in ultimate relaxation
in the atrium in front of the beauty salon.
The red color of the environment underlines the clubby character
and cozy surroundings.
The entrance hall and reception area embodies the building's motif:
warm and cold elements combined in terms of materials and colors.
Raw poured concrete combines with sleek glass railing.
The subtle metal stairway stresses the technical nature of the
Despite its rich menu, the restaurant's interior looks healthful
The air-conditioned physical condition and graceful
body laboratory with state-of-the-art Schwinn stationary bicycles.
Besides sophisticated services, Blue Orange offers
activity and relaxation in a technically advanced, well laid-out
health club with cardio fitness, a stationary bike studio, and
four squash courts.
from the outside
architect, O.K. PLAN architekt
What is the philosophy behind Blue Orange's architecture?
Architectural means shouldn't pay homage to the era. So we
used unobtrusive materials that will never go out of fashion
and be obsolete. Some of them, such as fair-face concrete,
glass, and wood, are left in their natural form. The effort
to combine traditional materials in untraditional ways
was the rule. To make the structure's atmosphere to be
balanced and pleasant, we chose combinations of warm and
cold colors, as well as materials that evoke coolness or
warmth. One should feel good in such a club.
from the inside
general director, Blue Orange
What role does architecture play in your investment
We want to create a chain of clubs that mainly provide active
relaxation - centers that attract clients as pleasant, friendly
places to relax as well as offering social and business contacts.
There is currently a lack of such places on our market. We
selected architecture to further our plan: we needed large,
modern spaces that would look attractive, and materials and
shapes to create a motivating, inspirational, "friendly
place". The club should offer visitors a full lifestyle.