Despite being an advanced global economy, Japan maintains a traditional cultural identity that often restricts the rights and actions of women. The project focuses on the creation of a spa that offers a sanctuary from exclusion, inspired by ritual cleansing that takes place at temples and shrines. The building is divided into the public domain, private pavilions and the thresholds between them. Excavated into the ground, the building embodies the concept of the Low-City, with private spaces, drawing inspiration from Origami as a method of concealment. Folded beneath a roof-scape of cleansing boundaries, it offers a place of retreat and support that ultimately lifts women up (figuratively speaking) above their recognized social position.
Milly’s third year work was selected as one of the Bartlett’s Bronze Medal nominated projects for 2016.