The Well, Scandinavia’s largest free-standing wellness facility, brings together spa experiences from around the world. The brief, to create “the biggest multi-cultural spa Norway has ever seen”, is actually quite “un-Scandinavian“. To create all of these different worlds, where Japanese onsen sits alongside a tropical jungle sauna, makes it a rather surreal spa space with a touch of Alice in Wonderland inspiration. The three-storey, adult-only spa embraces all manner of rituals and provides bespoke experiences including a Japanese bathhouse and Norway’s first onsen garden; a Moroccan rasul; a Northern Light laconium; a Turkish hammam; a jungle sauna; a crystal bath; and a two-storey loft sauna, one of only a few of its kind in Europe, as well as garden areas, relaxation lounges, and a 250-cover restaurant with additional outdoor seating for 100 guests. The Well is all about escapism; providing people with the opportunity to go anywhere in the world, experience different spa cultures, and also enjoy core elements on a social level, like the bar and restaurant. Creating a place where modern Norwegian architecture would mold with ancient spa traditions required atmosphere and energy. The challenge was to create global settings that would suit all people and every mood in a new, social spa environment, but with an element of surprise running through the spaces.One of Stylt’s favourite aspect of the project was the keyboard-style stairway that connects the spa’s three floors. Music starts to play when guests enter on the piano staircase, which is designed to wash them towards a slightly supernatural feeling with anticipation of the unexpected. The design works because it is a seamless part of a carefully designed guest experience. It is based on a strong, strategic concept and is meaningful as well as gorgeous, durable and commercially effective.