Spa business issue 3 2018

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The new headquarters will enable the company to increase production of spa products up to four times

Comfort Zone moves into €40m headquarters Davide Bollati reveals to Katie Barnes why Comfort Zone’s contemporary, uber-green home marks a new era for the company


avines International, the parent company of spa skincare brands Comfort Zone and Skin Regimen, has unveiled its new €40m headquarters in Parma, Italy, creating what chair Davide Bollati calls a “house for sustainable beauty”. Bollati is passionate about the ways in which beauty, innovation and architecture intersect – and about creating sustainability in each of those areas. The Matteo Thun-designed uber-green headquarters, dubbed Davines Village, covers 25,650sq m (277,094sq ft). The stunning site houses R&D laboratories; a production and manufacturing plant; an education academy; an organic restaurant; clinical testing rooms for trialling products and protocols; and creative, administrative, sales and purchasing departments – all set around a botanical greenhouse and organic garden. “This is an exciting, memorable moment for our company after 35 years,” Bollati tells Spa Business magazine.

Carbon neutral Bollati chose Thun to design the external architecture of Davines Village because of his record of creating buildings with low carbon emissions and integrating buildings into the landscape. Thun’s projects of note include the JW Marriott Resort & 44 issue 3 2018


Davide Bollati

Spa in Venice and the new Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence hotel at the Bürgenstock resort in Switzerland. Thun says: “The theme of sustainability in every aspect is part of our DNA”. The headquarters boasts one of the biggest geothermal systems in Italy and makes use of solar energy. Comfort Zone is also proud to confirm that the village will be carbon neutral, as it’s able to compensate for the production of products by sponsoring a reforestation project. Traditionally, Parma is an agriculture region and this is reflected in the architecture and the site which features 54,000sq m (581,250sq ft) of green space. “All the buildings are designed as open, transparent spaces surrounded by greens

Our new headquarters pays homage to the type of economy we believe in – a humanistic approach where business is conducted ethically

– bringing nature inside,” says Thun. “We tried to find a balance between landscape, architecture and light to create a positive work environment. It’s about nature, transparency and simplicity.”

Home from home While creating an environmentally friendly building was a priority for Bollati, he also wanted to foster a quality of life for employees by creating a ‘home from home’. For this he turned to Italy-based interior designer Monica Signani who brought a personal touch with her meticulous selection of furnishings, materials, finishes and accessories. “The attention to detail and sophisticated interiors are something you’d find in a