Bodies of Self-Care seeks to explore the potential and duality between ancient rituals of ablution and current exclusive wellness. It rediscovers historical traditions and rituals of bath houses and contextualizes them with the healthcare system as a preventive application to the existing infrastructure addressing mental health.
The architectural typology occupies the existing infrastructure of carparks in central Aarhus - taking place in a, maybe, not so far-away future where this very specific typology may experience a reduction of demand. The bath house transforms a system of artificial technology in to a bodily, organic space for social encounters.
The project arises from a fascination of bodies in the 21st century. Bodies under pressure of the commercialized world of fitness regimes, countless health trends, and wellness. Bodies that are strongly (dis)connected with the mind. Bodies that are being told to take a break, but also told to exercise, nurture well and stay healthy. The project is questioning how today’s architecture responds to these bodies and vice versa.