5 years within the making, Sense of Self (or SOS) occupies a complete double storey warehouse constructing in Melbourne’s Collingwood.
On the highest flooring is a day spa that opened late final 12 months, but it surely’s downstairs the place you’ll discover the primary attraction: a fantastically designed bathhouse that has solely simply opened to the general public. ‘We got here to know the advantages of bathing by way of private experiences in early maturity, once we had been at odds with our our bodies and ourselves’, explains Freya Berwick, who’s the co-founder of SOS, with enterprise companion (and filmmaker) Mary Minas.
The pair met whereas learning enterprise, and each had already began exploring their very own pursuits in bathing tradition world wide. Mary had traveled the world researching for a documentary about bathing by way of the ages, whereas Freya had just lately returned from a stint in Norway, the place she had re-developed and managed the lodge Fjærland Fjordstove, located on the facet of a fjord the place you may expertise excessive sizzling/chilly distinction bathing.
Again in Collingwood, SOS bathhouse services embody a big mineral bathtub (39℃), Finnish sauna (80℃), pail bathe and chilly plunge (opening in April), in addition to their day spa and retail choices. Nearer to the winter months, they can even be opening a Hammam (a Turkish spa), the place visitors can scrub down with SOS merchandise.
An oasis tucked away in the course of the city sprawl, the design scheme is what actually defines the expertise. The tranquil, voluminous warehouse area takes on a impartial palette with splices of terracotta and forest inexperienced (largely due to the plant design by Ryan Klewer of The Plant Charmer), whereas rendered partitions, concrete kinds, travertine and sandstone (crafted by Fraser Munro of Munro Builds) floor the atmosphere. Brass finishes and tapware from Sussex Tapware elevate the area into one among delicate luxurious.
Mary and Freya labored with a female-led collaborative design crew from SetSquare Studio, Chamberlain Architects and Fireside Studio, alongside builders MIC, to carry SOS to life.
Gender and physique inclusivity is a core pillar of Mary and Freya’s imaginative and prescient for SOS, with the view that the bathhouse needs to be accessible to each physique. ‘An enormous motivator for us was to interact with each physique by creating an area that welcomes all no matter gender or bodily capabilities’, Freya explains. Whereas the day spa space is up a flight of stairs (and subsequently not accessible), the downstairs bathhouse has been designed with differently-abled our bodies in thoughts. ‘Pathways and surfaces are simple to traverse when utilizing a wheelchair, clear sight traces for private security are employed whereas nonetheless creating nooks and private areas that enable for privateness and quiet reflection.’ There are particular person change rooms, in addition to a pool hoist and DDA Lavatory accessible for those who require it.
Who would’ve thought you’d discover peace and tranquility within the backstreets of Collingwood?!
SOS Bathhouse is now open! Comply with them on Insta right here and guide right here.
30-32 Easey Road
Sense of Self
Tuesday – Friday, 7am – 9pm.
Saturday – Sunday, 9am-7pm
Therapeutic massage studio:
Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 8pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm