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rethinking wellbeing irth landscape hotel and spa
By Alia Akkam
Concept renderings courtesy of IRTH Landscape Hotel and Spa

net positive
Connection to the land is a driving force
behind a forthcoming Canadian retreat

Ontario's Prince Edward County, located within hours of Toronto,
Ottawa, and Montreal, is a coveted regional getaway mixing
commanding Canadian scenery with an impressive lineup of
restaurants and wineries. Come 2023, the area will also be home
to a healing stay immersed in nature when the IRTH Landscape
Hotel and Spa opens in North Marysburgh, set on 79 acres of old
forests, meadows, and escarpments.
The brainchild of Toronto-raised siblings Alex and Robin
Daprato and their mother Melanie Hazell, a forest therapist,
IRTH serves as a retreat more than a resort. "It's not a tourist
speed there; it's much more agrarian and calmer," says Matt
Davis, founding partner of Toronto-based DesignAgency, which
was hired to bring the concept, which will be part of Design
Hotels, to life. "One of the beauties of this site is that the more
time you spend there, you fall a little more in love with the
subtleties. It's got lots of dramatic elements, but it's not like it's at
the foot of the Rockies. It's got its own kind of humble essence."
DesignAgency, along with Toronto's Kearns Mancini
Architects and Sid Lee Architecture in Montreal, are
collaborating on the sensitive development of this ecologically
sound 24-room boutique hotel-an alternative to Prince Edward
County's abundance of bed and breakfasts and Airbnbs-that
showcases the surroundings in surprising, thoughtful ways.
Even a plant specialist is weighing in with expertise during the

planning stage. "The land is fertile and rich. Let's get people closer
to that," says Davis.
Twelve cabins offering "rabbit's eye-views" as Davis puts it,
will be sunken into the earth, allowing guests to feel as if they are
sleeping on the ground and gazing through the grass. By contrast,
the 12 lodge rooms in the forest, arranged at staggered heights to
elicit different perspectives, will have elevated beds.
Given IRTH's sustainable ethos, the team is planning to
work with area craftspeople as well as weave in a multitude of
local materials like wood, shale, and wool. To encourage saving
water, there is even talk of featuring individual gauges in all
accommodations, with a "reward and cost factor" for those
who either adhere to or break thresholds. Overall, IRTH will
champion a spirit of giving back, points out Davis, to the property,
community, guests' wellbeing, and of course environment. The
goal, he adds, is "to be net positive, to create something putting
back more energy into the grid than it's taking."
Land stewardship is front and center at IRTH, and this will
manifest in a number of experiential aspects, including foraging
excursions or a possible farmer-in-residence. A hydro spa
highlighting the ancient Japanese ritual of forest bathing, known
as shinrin-yoku, will also play a central role. First, guests will be
invited to partake in a tea ceremony and then they will migrate
into a liminal cleansing space. "The guest's sequence through
the spa is partially indoors, but a lot of it is outdoors. So, if it's
raining, if it's winter, if it's sunny, if it's hot, if it's windy, they are
pushed to engage with that at certain points, and that's part of the
therapeutic journey," Davis explains.
"Looking inward," he points out, is the core of IRTH, a
philosophy that has only been magnified through the lens of
COVID-19. Instead of abiding by a typical checklist, Davis and his
team are "digging down to the guest impact and the purpose for
being here." hd

IRTH Landscape Hotel and Spa is situated
in rustic Prince Edward County, Ontario

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - November 2020

Hospitality Design - November 2020
contents
from the editor
preface
from the guest editor
preface: memoir
preface: sketchbook
chapter one rethinking wellbeing
rethinking wellbeing: maslina resort
rethinking wellbeing: irth landscape hotel and spa
rethinking wellbeing: sharaan resort
rethinking wellbeing: refuge de la traye
rethinking wellbeing: hotel sin nombre
rethinking wellbeing: lago maggiore
rethinking wellbeing: buxton crescent hotel
chapter two social good
social good: kellee kemp
social good: marquise stillwell
social good: michael ford
chapter three south florida focus
south florida focus: constance collins
south florida focus: jorge m. pérez
south florida focus: tony cho
south florida focus: ernie and liezl els
chapter four products
products: profile ngahuia damerell
products: seating
products: lighting
products: bath
products: wallcoverings
chapter five be a legend
be a legend: elena camps biondi
be a legend: melissa wood-tepperberg
be a legend: daniel arsham
be a legend: linda and brad johnson
be a legend: damon lawrence
be a legend: paul scialla
be a legend: louis thompson
be a legend: shai zelering
be a legend: jason wu
be a legend: sheena rose
be a legend: britta and kent lindvall
ad index
back space: jo beth Wharton
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - from the editor
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - preface
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - from the guest editor
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - preface: memoir
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - preface: sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - chapter one rethinking wellbeing
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 42
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - rethinking wellbeing: maslina resort
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - rethinking wellbeing: irth landscape hotel and spa
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 45
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - rethinking wellbeing: sharaan resort
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 47
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - rethinking wellbeing: refuge de la traye
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 49
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - rethinking wellbeing: hotel sin nombre
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 51
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - rethinking wellbeing: lago maggiore
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 53
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - rethinking wellbeing: buxton crescent hotel
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 55
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 56
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - chapter two social good
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 58
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - social good: kellee kemp
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - social good: marquise stillwell
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 61
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 62
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 63
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - social good: michael ford
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 65
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 66
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 67
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 68
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - chapter three south florida focus
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 70
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - south florida focus: constance collins
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - south florida focus: jorge m. pérez
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 73
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - south florida focus: tony cho
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 75
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - south florida focus: ernie and liezl els
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 77
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 78
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - chapter four products
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 80
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - products: profile ngahuia damerell
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - products: seating
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 83
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - products: lighting
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 85
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 86
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - products: bath
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 88
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 89
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - products: wallcoverings
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 91
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 92
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - chapter five be a legend
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 94
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: elena camps biondi
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 96
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 97
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 98
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: melissa wood-tepperberg
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 100
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: daniel arsham
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 102
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: linda and brad johnson
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 104
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: damon lawrence
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 106
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: paul scialla
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: louis thompson
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 109
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: shai zelering
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 111
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: jason wu
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 113
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 114
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 115
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: sheena rose
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 117
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: britta and kent lindvall
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 119
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 120
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 121
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 124
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 125
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - ad index
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - back space: jo beth Wharton
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