citrus county, fl
critic: jason towers
The main challenge for this project was locating a specific site. The Florida landscape has a very diverse range of ecosystems, and finding a suiting environment on which to design a public bath house was important. The Romans used public baths as a means of interaction and socializing on a daily basis. Bathing in the modern era is perceived as a very private activity. As a process of cleansing, a bath house typically contains three separate pools ranging from a hot water pool known as the caldarium to a cold water one known as the frigidarium. The design for the bath house was inspired by the way the site responded to its context. The density of vegetation surrounding the site would gradually decrease the closer you were to the lake's shore.
At the high density area, the space becomes more public, there is more interaction among the people visiting. As you transgress through the vegetation you slowly get away from any human interaction and are in a more private setting where you feel closer to nature. As you move through the bath house, at first the space is very compressed and very dense, creating a more private feel where the bathrooms and caldarium are located. The spaces then begin to open up and the change in hierarchy creates a public space which encourages interaction among people leading to the cold water pool, where you are closest to the lake; this is where you feel the closest connection to the natural environment that surrounds you.