La Chambre Verte

Swell worked with Glasgow’s iconic Kimpton Blythswood Square to launch La Chambre Verte, an immersive hotel suite experiment measuring the psychological and physical benefits of biophilic design. Swell worked alongside Scottish CBD skincare brand La Rue Verte, leading horticulturalists Benholm to create a multi-sensory experience combining biophilia with CBD rituals, meditation and sound therapy.

Echoing the practice of forest bathing, La Chambre Verte is designed for the growing audience of wellbeing tourists seeking proximity to nature and alternative therapies on their travels to enhance mental and physical health.

Biophilic design offers both physical and mental health benefits such as purifying air, removing toxins and pollution. Some plants, such as Monstera, even omit natural molecular chemicals which reduce stress and boost the immune system when inhaled.

Swell created a bespoke nature-based immersive soundscape within the room created by Swell Studio. Tracks combine field recordings of birdsong in Blythswood Square and the surrounding area with sound therapy techniques and a selection of D’Souza’s relaxing musical compositions. A rejuvenating sunrise flow and calming twilight track help trigger the brain into a deep meditative state of relaxation and feeling of euphoria.

When we reopened after the first 2020 lockdown we noticed a real desire from our guests to return for rest, relaxation and self-care that enhances mental health.

Following this, we’re delighted to present an alternative therapeutic experience surpassing the usual parameters of an overnight stay which offers guests the opportunity to reconnect with themselves post-lockdown.

Finlay Anderson, spa director at Kimpton Blythswood Square and area spa director for IHG