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

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, H3T Architekti

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

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


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 an archive exploring ancient bathing rituals and a series of contemporary bathing projects reinventing bathing traditions. Designed by Kellenberger-White, the installation helped materialise the pagan and sensorial aspects of bathing and water cultures.

Photography Thomas Adank

Roca London Gallery


Archive of publications by bathing aficionado Leonard Koren

Wet: the Magazine of Gourmet Bathing, 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: Alvar Aalto in front of his smoke sauna, 1960s

Gotenburg Bathing Culture, Raumlabor

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

The Soak, Steam, Dream catalogue