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16 Sep 2016 - 28 Jan 2017

H3T architekti @ Soak, Steam, Dream: Reinventing Bathing Culture

Opening as part of the 2016 London Design Festival, Roca Gallery's latest exhibition explores a new communal bathing culture through the work of contemporary architects and designers. The exhibition is curated by Jane Withers, designed by Kellenberger-White and features work by Czech architectural studio H3T known for their ‘pop-up’ saunas, that have been suspended from a bridge or placed in the middle of a lake.

The exhibition also features bathhouse projects by Peter Zumthor, Skene Catling de la Peña and Kengo Kuma, that re-imagine the bathhouse as a social space, factoring in smart water use for the 21st century.

Curator Jane Withers says, ‘There has been an extraordinarily rich architecture and culture associated with communal bathing since ancient times. With the arrival of the private bathroom and a more clinical approach to sanitation and wellbeing, we have lost this leisurely sense of the bathhouse as a place not just for wellbeing and relaxation but also a place for social exchange and community life. Gone too is the sensorial dimension of an architecture of stillness and reflection, designed to be seen floating, or through a veil of steam. Soak, Steam, Dream aims to reveal a new emerging bathing culture.’

Through photography, film and archive objects, the exhibition reflects how this rich panorama is being re-created in a new bathhouse culture that is helping us, in an increasingly water stressed era, to revalue and reconnect to water and use it more responsively and responsibly. Unlike today’s western spas, invariably a place of privilege and luxury, the bathhouse has more inclusive roots, and models are emerging in response to changing urban conditions and reduced living spaces, shifting boundaries between public and private, the personal and the communal.

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H3T Architects is a young architectural practice from Prague, the Czech Republic which made its name by designing every sauna imaginable. Having had a very positive experience with their first community sauna, they have been looking for even better and more-innovative designs becoming possibly the most prolific and original mobile sauna development team in the world. They have built nineteen saunas so far, including a flying (suspended) sauna, a floating sauna, a bike sauna and a small trailer sauna, serving as community saunas, often as temporary projects for high profile public spaces (e.g. the piazzetta in front of the Czech National Theatre). H3T Architects will be presenting their temporary and mobile baths as part of the exhibition at the Roca gallery.


Click here to RSVP to the opening party on Thursday 15th September 2016

Accompanying event:
Architects reimagine bathing - from guerilla saunas to pop-up bath houses
11 October 2016, 6.30pm
Roca London Gallery, Station Court, Townmead Rd, London SW6 2PY
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Part of London Design Festival

The exhibition is curated by Jane Withers and designed by Kellenberger-White.

Organised by Roca London Gallery

H3T architekti: Bicycle Sauna, 2011

H3T architekti: Cylinder Mobile Sauna, 2012

H3T architekti: Flying Sauna, 2011

H3T architekti: Sauna on Wheels, 2011

H3T architekti: Sauna Poleno, 2013




Roca London Gallery, Station Court, Townmead Rd, London SW6 2PY


From: 16 Sep 2016
To: 28 Jan 2017


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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