06 March 2009

a place to bathe

perspective from upper pool

perspective from lower pool
south wall elevation

west wall elevation
south wall section

west wall section

ceiling plan

floor plan

In considering the design of a place to bathe, I looked at the Japanese bathing culture, and found that it is very different from that of which I am used to. There are three particular characteristics of their bathing culture that stood out to me. The first main difference is that they always cleanse themselves before entering the tub to soak and bathe. Secondly, their baths are typically very hot, and third, it is very normal to have communal baths. More often these are divided between the sexes, but it would not be out of the ordinary to have a combined bathe.
In my bath I intended to capture the Japanese style through materials and techniques. This pool area is attached to a facility that would fulfill cleansing, changing, and restroom obligations. Everything is complacent with the ADA disability standards, and if fully accessible to any and everyone.
My design consists of two pools connected by a series of level changes and flowing water. Three of the four walls are glass curtain walls to bring in natural light and create a very open, light and airy feel. The floor of the lower pool is river rock tiles, and the recessed ceiling is covered with bamboo stalks, both used to create texture and a more natural feel. The use of flowing water will create a more relaxing environment by creating a soothing background noise, and creating opportunity for water massage.
The water depth in the upper pool is two feet at the deepest point, allowing disabled people to easily navigate the pool on their own and with the freedom of no wheelchair.

Lower pool floor : concrete, river rock tiles Upper pool floor: concrete, white and green ceramic tiles South, East, West walls : glass curtain walls North wall: concrete, stucco Ceiling: plaster, bamboo stalks

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