Urban Bath House & Residential Complex
|The urban bathhouse and residential complex is a development of a new typology in District 8. It proposed to bring history and culture to the 8th District that currently has been left in disarray. The site as a whole is superimposed with many functions but in 404 the main function was the bathhouse. Working within this block had its constraints as the proposed buildings were infilling sites that were empty within the urban block. This meant that porosity became a key theme not only in the larger master-plan but down to minor design details.|
The residential exists on the second and third floors. The construction consists of SIP panels that sit directly above load bearing walls on previous floors. The SIP panels essential work like a ‘house of cards’ to support each other.
Expression of the structure has become the architectural language of the building whilst creating interesting atmospheric environments, its form and composition that enhances the expressive conditions which allows the space to be freed from ornamental elements. The central pool roof is an expression of large sense of space and the use of glass brick is a reference to the historic baths of the city.
Secluded from the central pool, visual control provided by a skylight allows for natural light and ventilation to protect itself from external climatology. This combined with the curved wall allows light to bounce around the space, thus providing a well-lit space without the need for mechanical lighting.