When combining the notions of ‘sanctuary’ and ‘self-care’ — our first thought is an exotic escape abroad. But what if taking this extra time out for yourself didn’t involve leaving the city? That’s exactly the thinking behind the Willow Urban Retreat in Armadale, part of a movement towards the more accessible kind of relaxing rendezvous. Drawing on ancient beliefs and practices, Architect Melanie Beynon and Interior Architect Megan Hounslow of Meme Design have created a well-being destination of simplicity, silence and solace. Welcome to the art of living well.
The Willow Urban Retreat was born out of a drive to nurture the mind, body and soul of the busy and time poor. Founder Sharon Bassat had a vision: to make wellbeing a priority, that didn’t require too much time or planning. Meme Design were called upon to bring this concept to life in a wholefoods cafe, movement and meditation studio, day spa and a detox facility. The design team describe the amalgamation as a way “to transcend one from the chaos of city stressors”, by advocating human wellness and connection. And just by looking at images of the interior, we’re overcome with calm.