Nicole Migeon Architect (NMA) is a boutique firm in New York City specializing in hospitality, spa, salon, commercial, and residential design. NMA’s latest spa project is the design of The Sanctuary Body Spa in Jackson, Mississippi. The finished design integrates elegant contemporary details with the complex operations of a state-of-the-art medical spa. The spa was commissioned by St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi and was built by a local developer, Kerioth Corporation. The spa functions as a medical and beauty spa.
One of the main design highlights is the long central walkway, with ceilings and floors finished with teak planks. This element creates a magnetic visual effect that draws patrons inward into the unique space and world of the spa. Additionally, the Green Room, a versatile lounge or event area, is surrounded by large windows. These windows can be opened completely in warmer weather, exposing the lush extensive green roof of sedum plants, which serves to blur the line between indoor and outdoor space. A stone path runs through the roofing growth of sedum plants. The Green Room also includes a custom millwork banquette-seating set on a floating platform that is backed by custom planters filled with live vegetation.
Other highlights include the electric glass (privacy glass that turns from opaque to clear with a flip of a switch) walls and doors that allow the owner to open or close off the reception area from the Green Room as need be, and the Nana Walls that open up the Green Room to a make it a more flexible space. Throughout the spa the custom light fixtures are a design focal point. In the reception area large plexi panels push below the teak panels on the ceiling to illuminate the room. Illuminated translucent and patterned acrylic (Panelite) resembling rain drops are a design feature of the hallways and lounge areas.
Lastly, there is a curated art collection consisting of photographs of landscapes in and around Mississippi which were created by mostly local artists. The photos are hung throughout the medical spa, creating another design highlight.