A Nuclear Health Spa for the Year 2030

Could Embracing the Possible Health Benefits of Toxicity Persuade Society to Accept Nuclear Power? Radiance Resort is a work of future fiction, it investigates a society obsessed with youth and medical miracle cures. Mammals living in the Chernobyl exclusion zone receive 8 to 15 msvs of radiation every day. When these mammals were analysed, it was found that they were less likely to develop cancer, suggesting that small amounts of radiation might be good for us.


It’s become an oasis of plants and animals. Now, many locals are sneaking in to eat the delicious radioactive fruits and mushrooms that have flourished in the absence of human inhabitation.

Many alternative medicines operate on the principle of hormesis, the idea that poisons have the opposite effect in small doses. In the 1920’s, products containing radioactive matter became very popular. “Radithor” a kind of uranium water marketed as “a cure for the living dead” sold particularly well.

At the Radiance Resort and health club, lead-oxide textile shielding creates a varied landscape of gamma radiation. A hierarchy of treatments are offered, and radiation level is indicative of exclusivity. Guests can bathe on an incinerator ash beach, indulge in some uranium enriched super-food, or enjoy a radioactive seaweed wrap. You know what they say. If it doesn’t kill you, it only makes you stronger. Check out some of the spa-licious treatments available.

Gamma Wave Pool
A patient bathes in the radioactive water from the reactor.

Exterior Perspective
Lead clad arms wrap around a central nuclear reactor at different angles to inhabit different zones of radiation.

Radiation Needles
Filigree lead needles allow for the precise control of radiation.

Nuclear Massage
Patients are massaged with hazmat gloves.

Plan
Treatment rooms wrap around the central nuclear reactor at different angles to create varied levels of radiation
exposure.

The Radiance Resort is a 2011 iF concept design winning entry!

Designer: Rachel Harding

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