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Throwing Shade Comes Easy at This Lattice-Covered Spa

Hidden behind a vegetated boundary wall, the Aigai Spa in São Paulo, Brazil rises above ground in a concrete cuboid volume with a lattice facade. Delicately textured, the retreat designed by local firm Figueroa.arq, creates a lovely contrast of light and shade with its porous outer skin. But to get inside, you'll have to cross a foot bridge that originates in the garden and extends over a reflecting pool.

The roughly 4,000-square-foot facility has seven treatment rooms divided between the ground and upper levels. With open-air patios, internal gardens and pools all blanketed by filtered light from the lattice skin, this spa certainly knows how to use the elements—light, shadow, water and air—to soothe your senses.

· Aigai Spa / figueroa.arq [ArchDaily]