Dip is a revolutionary communal bathing concept that challenges the norms Britain holds on nudity, body image, and sharing bathing spaces. Embracing our bodies, taking care of ourselves and interacting with others all contribute to positive wellbeing.
Discovering the severity of loneliness in Britain and the detrimental effects it can have on people is what inspired Alice Watkinson‘s project. The increasing population and a rise of co-living led to the exploration in an area of our lives that we don’t particularly share. Comparing bathing routines in the UK using primary and secondary research concluded that many people have closed their minds to the idea of ‘sharing bathing spaces.’
Getting clean has become an isolated experience in the UK with the bathroom usually being the smallest room within a home. Designed for the use of one person at a time, the bathroom concept hasn’t really changed since 1910, yet communal bathing remains an important part of life for many other cultures from Japan to Scandinavia.
Falcon Works’ kiln building, a former ceramic factory in Stoke on Trent has been re-visioned to home a contemporary bathing facility. The design of the space is influenced by the heritage building’s original fabric alongside new touchpoints combining brick, concrete and ceramic in a subtle colour palette. The interior showcases the accompanying products including Dip mirror and the ceramic soap dispenser scale model.