Didn’t get Field Day tickets? Nah, you didn’t want them anyway. But here’s an idea: why not relax at a pop-up spa on the South Bank instead? Yup, that sounds much better than sweating it out at a festival and feeling worse for wear the next day, doesn’t it (kinda)? Let us fill you in… As part of the London Festival of Architecture, studio Loop.pH has installed an inflatable dome filled with scented vapour near Vauxhall. Named the Nine Elms Horticultural Spa & Apothecary Experience (fancy!) it’s fashioned after a traditional bathhouse, and designed as a relaxing meeting place for visitors to sit, chill and take in the view. To bring those spa vibes, the entrance to the misty bubble is a latticed birch arch fitted with small potted plants in each of its alcoves.
As well as establishing London’s answer to The Eden Project, Loop.pH’s plan was to design a space exemplifying how our society might deal with water shortages in the future. The greenhouse-like structure helps deliver nutrients to plants and humans, all under one roof. It’s based on projects the company has previously conducted on behalf of NASA, no less.
The daily menu of mists has been specially curated in collaboration with medicinal herbalists – so you know you won’t be breathing in any old fog. Different scents will be pumped out at different times of day, including grapefruit to pep you up in the morning, while chamomile and lavender is one of its soothing bedtime concoctions.
The dome is open at Thames River Path in Nine Elms (Riverside Gardens, Nine Elms Lane, Vauxhall, SW8 2DU) until Sunday June 7. By way of an opening party today, sonic artist Mileece will lay on a soundtrack. To keep things eco, the beats will be generated by the electromagnetic emissions of the plants. It’s not to be mist.
Want more cool stuff to do this weekend? Here’s the best pop-ups happening this month.