Bath stead

Turkish bathhouse

The most striking element of the design is the glass display case standing fourteen meters high on a granite pedestal, which radiates a diffuse light when filled with steam from the Turkish bath. In the bathhouse the lockers are situated in such a way that they create separate routes for the incoming, unclean, and outgoing, cleansed, visitors. The pedestal can be seen as the belly stone and comprises among other things, the restaurant, the cinema, the sports halls and the prayer room. For the other bathing and washing rooms caves and caverns have been left open in the pedestal and they can be entered from above, from the actual bathhouse. A vertical cut-away section on the canal side creates an intimate external space with a bubble bath. The various functions are accessed from the restaurant, an underground desert wasteland of velvet concrete, on a sloping plane, above the sunken installation room.

year
2000

in cooperation with
Urban Affairs

programme
Bathhouse with restaurant, cinema, sports halls and prayer room

status
selected for finals Prix de Rome

client
Prix de Rome Architecture

website
www.prixderome.nl

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