The banks of the elegantly named Swan River are poised to be the home of a new world-class spa and wellness retreat in Perth, Australia. Once known as Dalkeith Hot Pools, the site already has its own history as a hot spring resort in the 1920s through the 50s. Now, primary shareholder PGA Group plans to revitalize this former cultural “hot” spot pending project approval by the West Australian Government.
The Future Tawarri Hot Springs Resort
Designed by Plus Architects, the new Tawarri Hot Springs (“tawarri” being a Noongar word for “evening breeze”) will cover 59,000-square-feet and be open to all members of the public upon completion. The complex will house a two-floor spa as well as a range of indoor and outdoor geothermal pools. Saunas, hammams, steamrooms, cold plunge pools, treatment rooms and relaxation areas as well as a restaurant and café will also adorn the grounds.
The experience will blend indoor and outdoor environments with carefully selected visuals, soundscapes, lighting, and fragrances to create atmospheres uniquely tailored to stimulate relaxation while partaking in any number of amenities the resort will have on offer.
The goal is to use the unique location of the hot spring resort along the Swan River so that its acoustic, visual and sensory elements better accentuate the care, comfort and reflection that will be provided by the facility upon completion.
The design of the project takes inspiration from many global spa destinations, including the Peninsula Hot Springs in Melbourne, Therme Geinberg in Austria, Nordik in North America and Aqua Sana in the UK. Following in theme with Plus Architect’s growing emphasis on greener design, the styling will consist primarily of natural Western Australian materials, generating unique flow and cultural stories throughout the space.
Construction on the space is expected to begin in 2021 if the proposal is accepted, according to Spa Business, and is expected to take another two years to fully complete.