Lauren was asked to design a 2660sqm leisure complex situated at Island Harbour Marina on the Isle of Wight. The waterfront complex consists of an indoor swimming pool, spa and tapas bar with rooftop bar and outdoor cinema. The marina fronted location warranted a building that appreciates the beautiful river views, therefore the 70 meter glazed marina elevation, captures its unique setting. The 9 meter wide veranda cantilevers over the marina, ensuring the resort’s clients feel like they are really in touch with nature. Lauren designed the conceptual architecture of the entire building as well as the interior spatial layout and furniture, finishes and fittings.
Design inspiration came from the organic form, with tree trunk poser tables and timber clad walls. Copper light fittings bounce reflections, whilst ribbon lighting allows light to penetrate. Context of the resort’s location is appreciated in the oversized, historical marina image, creating a feature wall in the Tapas Bar. Warm subtle tones are used in the spa area to elude relaxation and tranquility. The main reception area uses Armourcoat ‘wave’ panels and Lauren designed an angled reception desk to resonate feelings of being near water. Island Harbour is currently under construction.