A luxury spa that celebrates multiple cultures, their wellness rituals and design. These are explored through the senses which are stimulated by a myriad of textures, smells and sights. There is a focus on water and its varying temperatures and states, all of which are at the centre of any bathing culture around the world. The concept of the ritual and the process of carrying one out is central to the project. Customers with or without ties to the cultures featured are welcomed. It is a place both to reconnect with one’s heritage or to experience something brand new and learn about that culture in a beautiful and authentic setting. Above all it is a space that encourages social connections and interactions. The chosen site is 23 Union Street, Edinburgh which, built in 1930 was originally a wash house or 'steamie' making it an appropriate site for a Spa given its inherent links to hygiene and water.