Destination / In Residence

Sense of Self: the Melbourne bathhouse redefining spa design

We know that the most important relationship in our lives is the one we cultivate with ourselves, but it’s easier said than done in our current social media-driven culture. A new bathhouse and wellness concept in Melbourne is aiming to redefine the way we think and practice self care and restoration. Sense of Self (set to open in spring in Collingwood, Melbourne), the brainchild of Mary Minas and Freya Berwick, was conceived as an inclusive and accessible space for guests to get back in touch with their physical and emotional needs.

“As outsiders to the industry, we’ve been able to come at it from the perspective of the consumer and design a place that works harder to include more people and their unique needs.”

Engaging an all-female design team (SetSquare Studio, Chamberlain Architects and Hearth Studios) the spa will offer a selection of choose-your-own-wellness experiences such as bathing and steam, do-it-yourself clay and body scrubs, massage treatments and mindfulness practices.

Taking cues from traditional bathhouses, the design aesthetic is described as ‘Mediterranean brutalism’. Founding memberships are now available for purchase at $30 per week, including unlimited bathhouse access for the first six months and a complimentary do-it-yourself body scrub treatment each week.