The concept of the Banya Bathhouse was to recreate the essence of eastern European bathhouses, embracing the democratic nature of communal bathing and the social importance of gathering over simple plates of shared food in a rich architectural environment.
This adaptive re-use project adds to the vibrancy of Burringbar Street and resonates with the established local culture of health and wellness. The public café activates the street, enabling people-watching and conversation with passers-by, whilst providing a filtered view through the site, connecting the spa to the street.
The rear garden houses the pool, spas, sauna and steam room, and a first floor dining area adjacent to the massage rooms provides secluded relaxation away from the spa areas.
The bathhouse provides a sequence of distinct spaces that connect with the public realm, yet retain a degree of privacy from it, managing to create a tranquil day spa on the high street.
Assistants: Rachel Nolan & Clara Sotillo
Engineering: Greg Alderson Associates
Planning: Malcom Scott
Contractor: Swell Building
Photographer: Kristian Beek