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Water Phenomena

Part 1 Project 2015
Theodore Scaramanga
University of the West of England, UK
Water Phenomena expresses the process of human cleanliness through the use of phenomenal analysis of cultural bathing. This is achieved in both the cleanliness of the water in the mechanical tower and the cleanliness of the spa user. From this starting point the ways in which we feel clean had to be explored. There are many types of cleanliness from physical to spiritual, as the saying goes “cleanliness is close to Godliness”. The aim of the spa is to cater for both these types of cleanliness. Through this classification two main categories arose, Sanctuary and Indulgence (Apollonian and Dionysian). Apollonian: striving to get ever closer to nature and complete spiritual relaxation. Dionysian: a much more personal ambition of indulgence and physical relaxation.
The mechanical tower is a utilitarian and highly functional space feeding the needs of the spa. As such it takes on a void form. The spa building, a monument to cleanliness and privacy, rooted within the city in its connection to the river has an unyielding silhouette dictated by the need to envelope the user. The form of the building is governed by the nature of its use one void, one solid.

Theodore Scaramanga


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