Bath House

S A C O  L A K E  B A T H S

Saco Lake Bath House

Year 2, Semester 2

Coordinator: Jeremy Ficca

Studio Instructor: Jeffrey King

Partner: Kirk Newton

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is an immersive natural experience, and the Saco Lake bathhouse represents a seamless extension thereof. The undulating walls of the structure draw inspiration from the natural granite rock formations for which New Hampshire is renowned, and its selectively chosen apertures showcase the natural beauty of Crawford Notch. As such the bath house fulfills both the roles of natural integration and a place of rest, where hikers can enjoy simple comforts and relaxation without losing touch with their surroundings.
The layout draws inspiration from the cyclical nature of ancient greek bathing rituals, while also maintaining a unique, rustic relationship to the lake edge.
This project is meant for hiking extremists who do not mind and in some cases seek out the cold and as such, the most social pool is partly exterior and projecting out onto the lake. This too is inspired by the projecting outcroppings of mountains and rocks throughout Crawford Notch.