SOAK Rendering

SOAK’s Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of a prototype urban bathhouse and eco-spa constructed out of re-purposed shipping containers – with solar panels, a rainwater catchment and filtration system, and a graywater garden – failed when only $26,508 was pledged with a $240,000 goal.

SOAK Rendering Features

But Nell Waters and her team are pushing forward with a proposal to install a pop-up SOAK prototype on Mission Bay Commons, the linear park in the works between Mission Bay Boulevard North and South, west of Third.

Mission Bay Commons Map

The details of SOAK’s proposal for their pop-up will be presented to the Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee on Thursday along with the designs for Uber’s proposed Global Headquarters by SHoP and Off the Grid’s plans to park food trucks at Fourth and Mission Bay Boulevard South.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Oh Dear

    Where do I begin???

  2. Posted by Sierrajeff

    What “rainwater”?

    … and NOTHING should be installed in the Mission Bay Commons strip, it should be open parkland for general recreation, open space and views – not for private commerce and infrastructure.

    • Posted by Pablo

      Agreed. What is the point of a City “Park” if it is really just a landing spot for a private business?

    • Posted by Orland

      A kids’ soccer league field recently opened mid-block at the intersection referred to.

      • Posted by Brian M

        Those darn kids in their colorful unifoms will block my views! Outta the way, brats! (LOL)

        • Posted by Orland

          As long as they don’t exceed the 48″ height restriction.

    • Posted by Laura

      The sites marked on the map by socketsite are currently privately controlled, fenced-off, dirt-surfaced vacant lots; not public parks.

      • Posted by Pablito

        Slated in all the plans to be public park. The City has been collecting Park Fee from the adjacent property owners for the last 15 years… can we get a refund if this goes in?

  3. Posted by ElitistPig

    This… looks like a Bad Idea Jeans commercial.

  4. Posted by Anon12

    Please make mission bay a mecca for homeless people.

    • Posted by ElitistPig

      Clean and relaxed homeless people…

  5. Posted by soccermom

    Please, can someone identify the numbered items/features.

    • Posted by gribble

      I’m just guessing:
      1: low-water native plants that dogs will love to crap in
      2: trip-hazard “please sue us” water feature
      3: water storage tanks
      4: “free to take” bucket and net
      5: doorway
      6: solar panel for electrical needs
      7: solar panel for water heating

  6. Posted by intheknow

    Shipping containers have officially jumped the shark.
    Is this a joke? Is her last name really “Waters?”

  7. Posted by Mandu

    Wait, so can you have sex in it?

  8. Posted by Amewsed

    Where is the vat of Purell? Perhaps UCSF can fund this as part of its new sexually transmitted diseases transmission rates from bathhouses study.

  9. Posted by Futurist

    Ridiculous bunch of urban/hipster crap. The whole shipping container as useful for housing or businesses is just dumbing down our urban culture even more. I’m so glad the begging , I mean funding campaign, failed.

    • Posted by Amewsed

      Remember a number of years ago dumpster diving was hip. No, you are a step away from being homeless and actually living in a dumpster.

      • Posted by Columbo

        Or if you are an optimist, this is a dumpter you can actualy dive in. But be careful becuase it doesn’t look very deep- might hit your head but at least you will be clean. Now, how do get a job as a lifeguard here?

  10. Posted by Jackson

    Oh, yes! Just when I want to feel real clean I can now think of a San Francisco public bathing facility, and in shipping containers no less :/
    Oh, just aren’t I just so cool.
    This hair-brained idea deserves to wither.

  11. Posted by ncydr

    Bad idea.
    No rain to catch.
    It’s a construction dust bowl out there and windy sometimes.
    Nice homeless attraction.

  12. Posted by rod lee

    Ya just can’t beat Rich St or Dave’s when it comes to bath houses! lol!

    • Posted by byconti

      Ritch Street, with a T.
      Not sure what Dave’s is.

  13. Posted by Gil

    Maybe I’m naive, but my first reaction was “this is pretty rad!”

  14. Posted by jamesjr

    So bad an idea it’s bound to be supported soon by Campos and Kim.
    Now here’s a real “wall on the water” or is it “wall in the water”?

    • Posted by ElitistPig

      I’m sure they are rushing to write a ballot measure to impose a moratorium on private bathrooms in the Mission until more of these are approved. It’s only going to increase the value of private showers! Don’t they understand?!

  15. Posted by clean streets

    Perhaps in the MacDonald’s parking lot at Haight Street? Part of their urban police drug interdiction contrition mitigation?

  16. Posted by zig

    Can they ensure the people who use this are all young and nice to look at like the rendering?

  17. Posted by BobN


  18. Posted by cfb

    This sure is dumb.

  19. Posted by frog

    The editor could have reused the title from yesterday’s Caltrain post. This idea is sure to piss some people off.

  20. Posted by around1905

    Geez. It’s not like they’re going to cover the city with these things. It’s just one very small area. Why not give it a try and see where it goes?

    • Posted by Amewsed

      I can wash my goats here (after I get off from Caltrains.)

  21. Posted by Columbo

    How about sticking this in a neighborhood that is not full of condos and apartments with pools and spas already?

    • Posted by Orland

      Actually, kind of ingenious. Might complement those “co-housing” developments being touted as affordable housing.

  22. Posted by Some guy

    Looking carefully at a zoom-in of the rendering this must be a Whites Only venue, all I can see are white people? Srsly though, can we not build this, thank you.

  23. Posted by Mark F.

    I think the gays ruined the term “bathhouse” as it was originally used. There might be a few disappointed tourists if this ridiculous thing actually opens.

    • Posted by somasoldier

      But weren’t “straight” Romans having sex in their bathhouses long before the term “gay” was created?

      • Posted by Amewsed

        Homosexuality have existed throughout civilization and exists in the animal kingdom (to a small extent) as well. Sex in a public bath is a cultural thing.

        As for public baths, Gellert Public Bath in Budapest, Hungary is one of the more beautiful places that I am aware of. Japan also has nice public mineral baths.

    • Posted by Sierrajeff

      “the gays” ? Yeah, them and “the Jews” and “the blacks” have ruined everything.

      • Posted by Sierrajeff

        (to be clear, that’s sarcasm in reaction to the fairly insulting phrase “the gays”…)

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