Italian thermal spa celebrates 101st anniversary with a sustainable renovation

July 23, 2021 by  
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First completed in 1919, Terme di Saturnia is a world-renowned resort and spa in Italy that is steeped in history. Now, the property has completed a sustainable renovation thanks to London-based studio THDP (The Hickson Design Partnership Ltd). The new design concept celebrates the natural conditions of the original thermal spring with preserved wooden furnishings, décor crafted by local artisans and green spaces. “The initial briefing strived to achieve a visible and perceived renewal, while retaining the original internal architectural structure and maintaining the high-quality furnishings as part of the former design project by the architect Lorenzo Bellini,” said Manuela Mannino of THDP. “We have employed terms such as reflection, corrosion, erosion, layering, ripples to convey the visual and emotional language of interior design .” The designers selected a color palette that matched the resort’s natural surroundings, including blue tones to mimic the property’s thermal waterfalls. Related: 1850s barn in Italy becomes a modern, sustainable family home For the reception area, they collaborated with local artisans , from the Ragnini workshops in Pitigliano, who crafted oxidized tables and bronzed handles. To maintain a dedication to the property’s historic ties, a number of the existing wooden furnishings were restored and preserved in private rooms and common spaces as well. The designers utilized high-quality Tuscan crafts, such as ND Dolfi vases and tiles, to decorate the bronze metal dividers created by workshop Officine Ragnini di Pitigliano; the craft workshop has been in the same family for seven generations. There is a green “living wall” incorporated into the interior décor to indicate the dining area as well as a central patio surrounding an internal garden and olive tree. The entrance is fixed with suspended lanterns and large light installations to replicate the feeling of water. Several finished metal plates designed with different oxidation effects help reflect the balance between the waterfalls and earth. All 124 guestrooms have also undergone a renovation with a focus on guest comfort.  + THDP Photography by Giorgio Baroni via THDP

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California couple charged for starting wildfire during gender reveal

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Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr. and Angela Renee Jimenez, a Southern California couple responsible for starting a forest fire last year, have recently been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The couple started the fire after a gender reveal went wrong, sparking a fire that killed a firefighter. The couple now faces both felony and misdemeanor charges. According to an announcement made by San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson, the couple pleaded not guilty to charges involving the El Dorado Fire. The El Dorado Fire started on September 5 last year when the couple and their children and friends ignited a “ smoke -generating pyrotechnic device” to reveal the gender of their new baby. The party, held at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, turned tragic when the device ignited nearby grass. Although the party tried to put out the fire using water, they could not handle the quickly spreading flames. Related: Oregon’s Bootleg Fire is creating its own weather When firefighters were called to help, the fire had already spread and was difficult to contain. Charles Morton, a 39-year-old leader of the elite Big Bear Interagency Hotshot Squad, ended up losing his life in the fire. Morton had worked as a firefighter for more than 18 years. The fire also injured 13 other people and led to the destruction of vast tracks of forest land, claiming about 36 square miles in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Hundreds of families were evacuated from the region, and about five homes and 15 other buildings were destroyed. The state of California experienced thousands of fires last year, with El Dorado being just one of the many. Approximately 4% of the state was affected by wildfires fueled by dry conditions and strong winds. Nearly 10,500 buildings were destroyed across the state, with about 33 people losing their lives to wildfires. Via Huffpost Lead image via Pexels

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