The Well, Oslo, Norway Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen

The Well

The Well Spa in Oslo, is a world of wellness covering 10’500 m2, making it Scandinavias largest.

PREPHASE

From aug 2013 to july 2014 I was an Architectural Assistant at Stylt Trampoli. However, bringing knowledge with me combined with a steep learning curve I quickly gained greater responsibilities. In the first assigned project, I got to create a stand-alone coffee bar and by the time I was 3 moths in, I was trusted to lead my own project, the legendary restaurant La Gondola Trattoria. Situated in Gothenburg’s main street Avenyn it got to continue it’s legacy.

MY ROLE

As a Participating Architect in this project, I developed the interior concepts in close collaboration with the head architect. Further, I had a general overview of the project and held meetings and presentations for the contractors involved.

THE CONCEPT

Creating The Well, Scandinavia’s largest free-standing wellness facility, Stylt was tasked with developing concepts for the “dry” spaces and designing the graphics, including the logotype, for this destination experience located about 20 minutes outside of Oslo. The challenge was to create global settings that would suit all people and every mood in a new, social spa environment, but with an element of surprise.

The three-storey, adult-only spa embraces all manner of rituals and bespoke experiences includung a Japanese bathhouse and Norway’s first onsen garden; a Moroccan rhassoul; a Northern Light laconium; a Turkish hammam; a jungle sauna; a crystal bath; and a two-storey loft sauna, one of only a few of its kind in Europe, as well as garden areas, relaxation lounges, 11 pools, 25 treatment rooms, two bars, a café and a 250-cover restaurant with additional outdoor seating for 100 guests.

The Well is all about escapism; providing people with the opportunity to go anywhere in the world, experience different spa cultures, and also enjoy core elements on a social level, like the bar and restaurant. It’s a place where modern Norwegian architecture melds with ancient spa traditions.

Concept text from Stylt Trampoli

The Well, Oslo, Norway Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen
The Well, Oslo, Norway Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen
The Well, Oslo, Norway Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen
The Well, Oslo, Norway Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen
The Well, Oslo, Norway Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen
The Well, Oslo, Norway Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen
The Well, Oslo, Norway Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen
The Well, Oslo, Norway Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen
The Well, Oslo, Norway Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen