Opened in 2012 in New York’s TriBeCa neighbourhood, this evocative spa is located in one of the city’s trendiest districts where its foremost art galleries and top restaurants can be found. It is also a home to some of today’s top celebrities.
The design project by Alfonso Balaguer Arquitectos stands out for the ingenious way in which a former art gallery was converted into a sophisticated Neo-Greek theme spa. Inspired by ancient Greek and Roman thermal spas, it features top-quality materials by companies from PORCELANOSA Grupo, such as L’Antic Colonial’s Blanco Almería Sand Home or Urbatek’s through-body porcelain tiles.
The Neo collection was chosen for the walls and floors of the spa’s wet areas, mainly thanks to the low water absorption rate of Urbatek through-body porcelain tiles. To prevent slips and falls, the tiles were selected in a Nature finish. This combines a pleasant texture with the guarantee of optimum hygiene conditions, something that is fundamental in places subject to high traffic with a high level of relative humidity like Aire Ancient Baths. All this makes Urbatek through-body porcelain tiles the ideal choice for changing room walls and floors or poolside terraces, since their low water absorption rate keeping surfaces clean and totally aseptic.
Some of the décor and furniture, like the benches in the lobby or countertops in the changing rooms, were made using materials found in the building. These unique items have been combined with valuable original antiques, such as the hand basins in the changing rooms or fountain in the entrance lobby, infusing the spa with a distinctive, highly singular personality.