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PROJECT | CIVANA SPA

Desert Healing
Mendil + Meyer takes inspiration from nature in a modern, calming spa
By Alia Akkam
Photography by Lisa Diederich Photography

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antastical slot canyons-those long, deep, narrow
passages carved into sandstone by flash floods-are
prevalent in the American Southwest. When designing the
22,000-square-foot centerpiece spa at Civana wellness resort in
Carefree, Arizona, Scottsdale-based Mendil + Meyer Design Studio
found inspiration in these natural formations "and the powerful
flow of water as an energy source" that spawned them, points out
principal Ben Meyer.
The Sonoran Desert is synonymous with rejuvenation, a bastion
of spiritual health and well-being, and Civana honors that tradition
by emphasizing the age-old curative ritual of "taking to the waters."
Here, the spa's highlight is an aqua vitality circuit, including a
tepidarium therapeutic soaking pool, hot and cold Kneipp walks, a
cold bucket shower, and a sanarium.
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In the center of the spa, "the hydrotherapy zone utilizes the
volume of the existing two-story building with indirect perimeter
lighting resembling that of the slot canyons," explains Meyer.
Patterns on the large-format tiles lining the walls of the aqua
vitality circuit also take cues from the beautifully eerie, waterchiseled channels.
Welcoming visitors in the lobby is a natural wood feature
wall that illuminates the harmonious, modern desert-meetsmidcentury aesthetic throughout. "A monochrome but textural
palette provides a visual sense of calm with only subtle accents
of soft color so as to not overly stimulate the guest," says
principal designer Anissa Mendil.
With its duo of custom water features, the courtyard is an
important part of the spa journey. It features a tranquil medicine-


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GUEST PERSPECTIVE
WHO’S WHO
NEWS
CONFERENCE ROUNDUP
HAVE YOU SEEN?
SCHOLARSHIPS
INTERVIEW
SUSTAINABILITY
BrandED
Q&A: Dallas Bentley
Q&A: Valentina Castellon
Q&A: Monica Meade
ON THE COVER
PROJECT: Canvas Hotel
PROJECT: Greenwood
PROJECT: Civana Spa
CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS
SAVE THE DATE
NEW MEMBERS
PARTNER PROFILES
AD INDEX
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