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SOAK "eco-bathhouse" concept calls for shipping container-based bathing


December 12, 2013

The SOAK concept is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign

The SOAK concept is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign

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Shipping containers have been used to revolutionize housing, and have also given rise to wacky ideas like an extreme sports theme park. Thanks to a new concept dubbed SOAK, we can add sustainable bathhouse to the growing list of potential uses for the durable metal boxes.

The main premise behind SOAK is that it aims to remove some of the guilt which may result from being a regular visitor to resource-heavy spas or bathhouses, by using renewable energy sources and recycled shipping containers.

SOAK looks like it will be pretty well stocked in bathing facilities, with a couple of cold plunge buckets, a shower, and a solarium. It's not clear what the capacity would be (presumably not very high), but a small physical footprint would also make sustainable energy more practicable.

The concept calls for 10 percent of SOAK's water to derive from collected rainwater, while its designers state that all required electricity would come from solar power thanks to photovoltaic cells on the roof. Finally, grey water will also be reused, either for the small garden or recycled elsewhere.

If you'd like to get in on the action, SOAK's aptly-named creator Nell Waters has launched a Kickstarter campaign, which still has some way to run. If successful, Waters plans to install a working prototype unit in San Francisco, with other SOAK units eventually rolled out to Brooklyn and Portland.

The video below contains more details.

Source: Urban Bathhouse via Kickstarter

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Adam Williams Adam scours the globe from his home in North Wales in order to bring the best of innovative architecture and sustainable design to the pages of Gizmag. Most of his spare time is spent dabbling in music, tinkering with old Macintosh computers and trying to keep his even older VW bus on the road. All articles by Adam Williams

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