El Hammam de Vejer

About This Project

This project, still in progress *, is an authentic restoration of a dilapidated building from the mid-19th century to turn it into a luxurious Arab baths. Following the traditional layout of the hammam (once a common element in Islamic Andalusia) I am working closely with local architects to sympathetically recreate a unique quality space in this small Moorish town.

The hammam’s sense of intimacy is enhanced by the natural light that enters through the stars located in the dome of the building’s central courtyard. I commissioned handcrafted bronze work in Marrakech for the lighting details, lanterns and ornaments, while antique alabaster urns were purchased from a Tangier palace as the main focal point in the niches above the pools. The original colors of the jewels are joined to the smooth marble with bronze inserts hand-cast by Cordovan artisans. The indoor seating area is divided by an intricate teak lattice made in Marrakech.

* Easter 2022 end date.