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“Air, Earth, Fire, and Water” – Twelve Senses Retreat hotel
design Anke Bodack + Offset Design e Drafting + Alliance Green Builders. Ph. credits: Mandy Oliver
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The extraordinary design hotel Twelve Senses Retreat in Encinitas in southern California offers its guests the ultimate in relaxation for body and soul. Encinitas is located close to San Diego and is regarded as one of the world’s top surfing spots. The atmosphere of the coastal town is imbued with a love of surfing, yoga, health, and getting close to nature.

Anke Bodack was supported by Offset Design and Drafting during the design and development stage of the micro-hotel, which was then was realized by Alliance Green Builders. The building, originally constructed in 1958, was converted using recycled and natural materials in line with sustainable principles. For example, the tiles in the roof-terrace bar were made from plastic reclaimed from the ocean.

At the Twelve Senses Retreat, luxurious minimalism is not a contradiction in terms: its rooms are warm and inviting despite their understated design. The four rooms are uniquely designed and each reflects one of the four natural elements – “Air”, “Earth”, “Fire”, and “Water”.

How to fit a luxurious bathroom into an open room with limited space posed the greatest challenge. Designer Anke Bodack discovered a photo of a Stonetto shower tray in Duravit’s bathroom magazine, and this came to influence the design and the interior decoration. Flush-mounted shower trays create a sense of space in the room. Three of the four rooms were fitted with an open shower. ME by Starck toilets, Luv washbasins, and L-Cube bathroom furniture can also be found in the Twelve Senses Retreat. Additionally, a free-standing Luv bathtub with its Nordic purism blends perfectly into the minimalistic, soothing atmosphere in the “Earth” room.

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