The new technology is taking over the interior design world, especially the revolutionary lighting systems, which have become a focal point for modern architects. A remarkable example of this transformation can be found in the interior of the world-famous Aquaria thermal spa in the Italian town of Sirmione.
Italian architect Elena Ogna of the A4IDEA architectural bureau embodied the image of flowing water using OLEV lighting systems specially created for this project.
The designer uses the light spatial volumes to show a long journey of natural water and its transformation into thermal healing streams. First, rain irrigates Mount Baldo, penetrates the mountain, heats up, and enriches itself with minerals. The water then travels in the bosom of Lake Garda and comes to the reachable springs of the Aquaria spa in Sirmione and is finally used for healing the human body.
To recreate the effect of these natural transformations, the creators developed a unique lighting system. In the "rain room," myriads of long and thin luminous threads fall from above, reproducing the feeling of being under a gentle rustling rain on a warm day.
In the "salt room," the ceiling lights include irregularly shaped fragments of bright hues that look like precious minerals. Thanks to these inventions, both rooms contribute to the healing of the body, made possible by the special effects of lighting, which remains soft and enveloping but not dazzling.
When designing and manufacturing the luminaires, OLEV faced complex spa requirements. The high humidity and hot air saturated with natural salts present a few of these challenges. The company has decided to use plexiglass exclusively because this material does not rust to solve these technical problems. Thanks to original technological developments, the designers and engineers have produced a beautiful interior lighting system while featuring high durability.