Birth Centre and Bath House, Calton, Glasgow
This new bath house in Glasgow uses the healing and calming properties of water in caring for new life. It comprises of a water-based birth centre and spaces dedicated to pre- and post-natal care.
Waterbirth is gaining popularity among women seeking alternatives to a traditional hospital birthing experience, but the availability of dedicated facilities is low. This bath house combines a birth centre and swimming and water therapy facilities for Glasgow’s residents.
As part of a proposal for the redevelopment of a residential area in the city’s east end, this large-scale public building serves as a landmark of the new mixed-use development. It has a public face towards a busy square while providing peace and quiet for expecting mothers in the birth centre inside.
A palette of natural materials in muted tones are used throughout the building, bringing serenity in the main pool and therapy pool spaces.