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Winners of the Spa of the Future Challenge Named; Defiant! Teen Spa Takes Top Place

Posted: July 3, 2012

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Student Team: Ben Dillan, Lydia Hanks, Emma Leach, Marina Volpe

Faculty Advisor: Professor Anna Mattila

Partner Architect: Patrick Burke, Principal, Michael Graves & Associates

The Concept – greenhouse The name captures the two core elements of this spa concept: “green” for its wide-ranging sustainability focus, and “house” reflecting the ways Savannah’s southern hospitality is interwoven throughout the design and programming. If it’s “green” this spa has it: the reuse of historic buildings, low VOC building materials, solar energy and rainwater collection. And the indigenous note is hit hard: from treatments like Savannah River Rock massages and fruit salad facials, to the use of on-site-grown vegetables and herbs at the spa café and in the many cooking and DIY spa product classes. Greenhouse also offers several getaway suites to attract Savannah’s many tourists.

3rd place (tie): University of Houston ($250 prize)