rebirth of the bath house
3rd Place, Rebirth of the Bath House Architecture Competition. A contemporary renovation + addition revitalizing Paul Max Berchi's 1902 Bath House located within the coastal greenbelt of Liepaja, Latvia. A series of programmatic growths contrast the existing building in both form and material to achieve visual distinction while respecting the original design.
Collaborator: David Klocek
Rebirth of the Bath House competition brief Images by Homemade Dessert © 2012 - 2014
The most striking aspect of this project is the use of outdoor baths to connect the Bath House complex with its site. In one instance, a stretch of linear saltwater baths establish a strong axis through the site that complements the axes of the existing building. In another, a pool flows under a newly-constructed volume as if wrapping the site around the building. As with the other two winning proposals, the proportions of the new building follow from, rather than overtake, the existing Bath House. Here, the additional structure gently wraps portions of the Bath House to visually and functionally combine the two buildings into one. The final result is a modern, formally-simple addition which celebrates and preserves the historic Bath House of 1902.