Launderettes are classical and fascinating. More ordinary if I compare them to supermarkets, pubs, libraries and similar places and spaces where people meet and socialise. Launderette is used through necessity, and the only real motivation is to clean ones clothes and in essence there is no reason why you would want to socialise, relax or unwind in the space. They are sometimes noisy and hot.
This awareness that you are not pressurised to engage or socialise creates a special environment. Like a bus journey, you have to wait. Nothing can be helped to speed up the driver nor to make the spin cycle go quicker. This can be a very therapeutic process. Users of launderettes quietly enjoy this ritual of literally ironing out ones life laundry, whether it involves talking to others, people watching or relaxing.