Fertile Ground

Balmy, bright and filled with plants, Naman Retreat’s Pure Spa is a tropical dream. For their design of the space, the team at Vietnamese firm MIA Design Studio chose glass and plants over conventional walling to maximise favourable natural elements. Latticework and vertical gardens combine to form the facade, while within the spa a series of open spaces allows for natural ventilation and obscures any boundaries between interior and exterior.

Watch Nguyễn Hoàng Mạnh, MIA’s founder, explain his approach to the spa’s design, and how sustainability, function and context come together.