Located around Saco Lake, in New Hampshire, this bath house is meant for a wide range of users, from overnight visitors at the center across the street, to drive-up users, to hikers approaching the end of a long journey on the Appalachian Trail. Attempting to combine the man-made with nature and provide valuable experiences for all of these visitors alike became huge design drivers in my project. A concrete mass nestled into the hillside, the structure blends in yet stands out. The interior treatments are made to resemble waves like the lake in the changing rooms and caves like the rocky terrain ascending to the steam room, relaxation room, and sauna on the second level. The stairwell, open to the sky, leads to the upper level pools and overlook, all open to the natural landscape.
This section, cut through the middle of the project, emphasizes the spacial relationships with the structure as well as their relationships to the nature outside.
A diagrammatic site plan showing the chosen location on Saco Lake as well as how the shape of the design sets up a view across the lake.
A set of plans describing the interior conditions of the spaces in regards to their built relationships as well as their use.
An exploded worms-eye drawing depicting the interior wave-like and cave-like treatments.
Collaged renderings depict the duality of experiences created by the design. One of the hot pool in winter and the other of natural wood in man-made enclosure.
Photos of a diagrammatic model made of chipboard and wood to clearly depict the many elevational changes as well as the interior treatments.