Exhibition design by Kellenberger-White in Zaha Hadid Architects' Roca London Gallery


Soak, Steam, Dream: Reinventing Bathing Culture, Roca London Gallery, 2016 – 2017 

Commissioned by Roca as part of their architecture and design programme, the exhibition Soak, Steam, Dream: Reinventing Bathing Culture charted the emergence of a new bathhouse culture – and the connection between the physical and social aspects of bathing – through a series of contemporary bathing projects and an archive exploring ancient bathing rituals. Designed by Kellenberger-White, the installation helped materialise the pagan and sensorial aspects of bathing and water cultures.

Photography Thomas Adank

Roca London Gallery

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Exhibition fixtures made from clay and wood brought the materiality of the bathhouse to life


One of 3 themes in the exhibition, Steam explored the history and reinvention of the sauna on a table made from Douglas Fir

Model for a sauna in a tower by H3T Architekti


An archive explored the history of bathing from the Roman thermae to the Islamic hamam


Archive of publications by bathing aficionado Leonard Koren


Wet: the Magazine of Gourmet Bathing, Sep/Oct 1981 by
Leonard Koren


The first theme, Soak, displayed on fixtures made of clay


Soak explored the history of thermal springs and contemporary interpretations, Therme Vals and Termas Geometricas


Japanese onsen: Kogohi Bathhouse, Kengo Kuma & Associates; Lamune Onsen, Terunobu Fujimori


Steam, the second theme, explored the Finnish sauna


Sauna rituals: photo of Alvar Aalto in front of his smoke sauna, 1960s


Gotenburg Bathing Culture by Raumlabor

Dream, the final theme, featured Spa Rules by Something & Son

The Soak, Steam, Dream catalogue