Alberto Apostoli | Atrium Spa

Mâcon is an elegant town straddling the banks of the Saone and gateway to Burgundy for those arriving from the south of France. Its historic centre is a maze of narrow streets which wind around noble historical and religious buildings. One of these streets, a stone’s throw from Saint Pierre’s Church, was chosen as the perfect location for the new ‘‘Atrium – Spa & Beauté’’ wellness centre, designed by Alberto Apostoli architecture & design.

The Atrium Spa

Built on two levels, Atrium welcomes its guests on the ground floor, in a stylish ‘‘New-Baroque’’ salon. This area is devoted to facial, hand and hair beauty treatment.

The staircase in white, marble effect porcelain stoneware tiles, on the left side of the building, leads down to the basement, the very heart of the Spa, where a “magical”, medieval atmosphere provides guests an unexpected mystical feeling.

Given the lack of significant openings, the environment posed major technical difficulties and called for special design solutions for the installation of the necessary air conditioning units; all without ruining such a characteristic setting.


The Concept

To highlight the ‘’existing” aspect, giving expressive power to the project. The Concept proposed by Alberto Apostoli immediately met the expectations of the Customer, managing to combine technical and aesthetic requirements, through an intuitive combination of MEP systems and scenic elements. The project features a long curved corridor leading to the wet zone, on one side, and to the treatment rooms, on the other.

This corridor was used to obtain a structure to house all the air ducts and outlet nozzles, hidden behind a backlit curtain. Using a small graphic device, the outlets blend into the curtain itself and disappear in the decor reminiscent of the typical vineyards of Mâcon, famous for its Chardonnay.


The Spa area occupies a space of about 270 square meters. The wet area includes a Finnish sauna and a steam bath, almost entirely made of glass. There is a hydro massage area with emotional shower and a relaxation area. The treatment area has two single rooms and a double room. A small tea area completes the environment, provided with a cabinet that seems to float in the air.

Materials and equipment

Alberto Apostoli has attempted to privilege Italian products; ceramics, mosaics, paints and even the treatment beds are all ‘‘Made in Italy’’.

All furniture is customised, like the many mirrors and large glass surfaces, necessary to allow the environment to ‘‘breathe’’. Elegant use is made of an elliptical mosaic which accompanies guests towards the wet zone, merging with some fine porcelain stoneware elements specially designed and highlighted by floor lighting fixtures.