Glasgow Interior Design School of Design

Connor Naughton (he/him)

For my fourth year project I wanted to create a space for wellness and relaxation. Spas and bathhouses have been a staple part of in history from the Japanese Onsen to Roman Baths, but due to the rush of todays lifestyle where the attitude is to work yourself to death, I want to reintroduce the bathhouse environment back into peoples routine. To offer a space where people can take a few hours after work and unwind.

The location is based in the Southside of Glasgow close to the Mackintosh Scotland Street School and close to public transport routes, I want to give a place for people outside of the west end, somewhere akin to Arlington Baths in Woodlands to the neighbourhoods surrounding Southside area.

With pools, yoga and a spa area I feel this space will give Glaswegians a place to relax again. I also want to tackle the elitism in the spa industry, as bathhouses once upon a time where for everyday people but now relaxation comes at a premium and so I want to make this space more accessible to everyone, without it lacking in quality or experience.


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For my 4th Year project I wanted to design a space in which people from all backgrounds could come and relax. For this spa and bath house, I wanted to create a space where people in the Southside have a place for rest and relaxation. I wanted this space to feel like a community hub where everyone can come and take a minute from the rush of the outside world.

I also wanted this place to be more accessible than what most would think of a spa, and take out the exclusivity and elitism of high cost spas and bring it to a wider audience without making feel like a cheaper experience. I still want this place to exude a fresh and welcoming feeling and give a sense of community. I want to offer amenities such as a bath house space, yoga facilities and treatment rooms at a lower cost without a lowering of quality and experience for the customer.

A place akin to what the Arlington Baths is for the communities around Woodlands and beyond, I want this space to be used by the community as well as commuters with its excellent transport links as a rest stop or a place for exercise before or after work. With many new commercial and residential sites being built in the area to this will be a nice centre point for all.

Welcome to Sanctuary.

Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan




Main Pool

Sauna and Steam Rooms

Sauna Interior

Dark Pools

Yoga Changing Area

Yoga Studio

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Second Reception

Treatment Rooms