Our big job over summer 2015 was Dom Bridges’ Sea Bathing Machine.
Based on the Victorian changing huts that protected ladies’ modesty when they were getting changed for a swim in the sea, this is essentially a wood fired sauna on wheels. It will live on Margate beach and be available for the public to hire for a massage and a sauna. A tractor tows it to the water’s edge so that you can use the sea as a plunge pool.
A partially crowd funded project, it was commissioned by Dom Bridges who owns Haeckels, a natural fragrance and skin care brand based in Margate, and designed by local architect Chloe Young of Re-Works Studio. We worked closely with the design team and metal worker to make this original concept a reality.
There were several challenges for us as carpenters to produce an object that is a sauna, an outdoor building and a vehicle all at once.
The names of all the crowd funders were CNC routered in to the external cladding.