Tilla Airport Spa

DOSarchitects, Addis Ababa, 2016

 

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A retreat, made entirely of locally-sourced, sustainable Ethiopian materials, for cosmetics brand, spa and fitness studio Tilla.

The Tilla Spa sits as an oasis of calm in the heart of bustling Addis Abba airport in Ethiopia.

This cocoon-like retreat, made entirely of locally-sourced, sustainable Ethiopian materials, is the home of local cosmetics brand, spa and fitness studio Tilla. Taken from the Amharic word meaning ‘shelter from the scorching sun’ this was also the inspiration for the spa, replacing the scorching sun with the hustle and bustle of one of Africa’s fastest-growing airports.

High-quality, local products are framed in natural simplicity with demur lighting to attract customers in the gentlest way possible. While airport shops tend to shout for attention, the Tilla Airport Spa successfully draws people in with simplicity and grace.

Data

  • Begun: Jul 2016
  • Completed: Oct 2016
  • Floor area: 30m2
  • Sector: Retail
  • Total cost: £24,223
  • Address: Bole International Airport (National terminal), Addis Ababa, -, Ethiopia

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