Masters of Architecture
New York, NY

Design Studio 8 | Fall 2017

Faculty: Alfredo Andia


Bagni Scogliera (cliff spa) was designed in the cliff side Italian city of Nervi on a study abroad trip to Genoa, Italy. Each student was allowed to pick their own site and program for their project. The dramatic seaside cliffs and elegant stone created the perfect location for an outdoor spa.


By carving the project into the stone of the cliffs, its visitors are constantly surrounded by the natural beauty of the site. Huge vistas direct guests view to the calming Mediterranean sea, while slits of light penetrate spaces and flow streams of water as they proceed from pool to pool and eventually spill over the cliff and into the sea.


The project features a check in room above ground. The remainder of the project is carved into the cliff and includes changing / locker rooms with showers and bathrooms, multiple pools and areas for relaxation.