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    Elena Stefanova

    Birth Centre and Bath House, Calton, Glasgow

    Main Pool Programme Diagram Section A-A South Elevation Ground Floor Plan Plaza and Front Approach

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    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.

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    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.

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