Relinque Urban Retreat & Spa

Studio Tate with McCabe Architects

Celebrating the natural landscape of its locale, Relinque Urban Retreat & Spa is a collection of immersive spaces within a circular architectural form that has been created to support an intuitive client journey, offering an “all gender” day spa experience.

Functionality underpins a great day spa and so the floor plan of Relinque Urban Retreat & Spa was divided. On one side are ice and steam amenities, contrast therapy, hydrotherapy, body and face treatment spaces and a yoga studio-offering holistic wellness. On the other side, there is a spinal clinic and Pilates and osteopathy facilities that help complete the circular client journey as a natural flow when moving through the space. Conceiving a functional interior was also key to enabling staff to work efficiently and support the client experience.

With a colour palette of greens, greys, burgundy and earth tones throughout the collective space, there is a sense of textural “earthiness” that is also contemporary and sophisticated. There is a concrete floor in reception with coloured aggregate, offset by a forest green marble desk, forest green joinery and leather banquette seating, positioned against a backdrop of textured paint with timber battens. Within the spa, the five individually contained treatment rooms feature a colour datum in a deep rust tone while the steam showers are tiled in soft sage green with a granite shower bench.

The workshopping and briefing of this project encompassed a very detailed approach in order to expand on the functionality of the spa. The goal was not only to create a solid design outcome but also to ensure an efficient work environment that would accommodate a quick turnaround of treatment rooms and create a fluid experience for the clients to travel through but also feel tranquil and serene.


Lighting: Pendant Light, In Good Company, George Nelson, Lighting Collective, Beacon Lighting. Finishes: Dulux, Bishops Decor, Pelle Leathers, Kvadrat, Signorino, G-Lux, National Tiles, Laminex, Eveneer, Karndean Design Flooring, Cerdomus Tile Studio. Fittings & Fixtures: Linear Standards, Harvey Norman, Laal.


Photography: Lillie Thompson.