Barking Bathhouse is an experimental spa and bar which has been specially created in the Barking town centre for just 8 weeks of summer 2012 to give the visitors an unique outdoor experience which combines the pleasure of a relaxing spa and chilled cocktails. The project is an initiative by CREATE, an organization that supports, produces and presents creative projects which foster social engagement and new artistic experiences in east London. CREATE delivers an annual summer program of activity whilst working year-round to ensure that arts and culture are embedded in the long-term legacy and regeneration plans for east London.
Something & Son recieved the commission for the project with the aim of creating a space which would focus on design, health, luxury and lifestyle. The bathhouse is inspired by bathhouses for 20th century working men, ultra modern spas, and the industrial heritage of Barking. The structure is a reflection of the darkened timber farm buildings in nearby Essex and the wooden beach huts of Kent.
The spa area consists of massage and treatment rooms as well as a traditional sauna and a cold room lined with ice blocks, which will bring traditional bathhouse rituals to the experience. The bathhouse does not feature any communal pools or hot tubs, thus reducing water and energy requirements.
The bar area has a transparent roof structure which allows natural light into the space. The wooden tables, benches & bar area enhance the organic look and feel of the space. The treatment areas have been provided with spotlights emitting warm light to create a soothing ambiance.