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Alice Watkinson

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.

Promotional poster
Dip Mirror
Mirror and Stainless Steel. Dip mirror changes how the viewer perceives their appearance by reflecting a distorted version of themselves, questioning if what they see is really that important at all.
Ceramic Soap Dispenser
The ceramic soap dispenser has been thrown to a 1:40th scale of the actual size of the kilns. Standing with a twin, the two bottle forms replicate the architecture of the building and portray the atmosphere inside the space.
Interior View
Dip’s interior features ceramic touchpoints and a colour palette derived from Jasperware ceramics
Inside the Kiln
Interior view of the bathing kiln