The design for the Green Cape Spa Resort in Batumi, Georgia, acts as a subtle reflection of the surrounding natural landscape. Due to the area’s unique subtropical climate and proximity to the Batumi Botanical Garden, the environment around the Spa is host to an incredible variety of flora and fauna. The resulting design incorporates this ecosystem into the resort in order to encourage mindfulness and to emphasize the resort’s role as a place of healing and focus on the inner-self, away from the outside stresses of daily life.
To this end, the stepped platforms follow the gentle slope of the mountain on which the resort is located, both mimicking the landscape and acting as an extension of it. Special care was taken on the orientation of these platforms in order to minimise impact on the plant life—areas where trees would have needed to be removed in large quantities were consciously avoided. The platforms also provide panoramic views of the Black Sea, further highlighting the resort’s harmony with its natural environment.
The programme for guests also incorporates these themes. Guests arrive via water taxi where they are guided to the resort via the beach tower which provides a strong visual identity for the project. The design included plans to revitalise a nearby sea station and cable car connection to the spa, offering guests uncompromised views while en route. On arrival at the resort, guests are able to experience a sequence of tailor-made experiences superimposed and intertwined with each other, such as sports facilities, private infinity pools, and beach terraces.
Green Cape SPA Resort
UNStudio Ben van Berkel with Frans van Vuure, Roman Kristesiashvili and Alexandr Kalachev, Melinda Matuz, Bao An Nguyen Phuoc, Nawid Piracha, Derrick Diporedjo, Sabrina Li