A soft plush boulder sits amongst the rough glacially carved landscape. The interior remains private and concealed as one glides across the landscape towards it. Solid with wildflowers pushing through its creases and crevices, it’s quiet and waiting. Once close by, an involution presents itself which plunges visitors into the center. Pulling them from the landscape to the interior filled with plump pools. The landscape is folded in through the stone floors and flowers encrusting chips in the walls. The site seems heightened from within through specific views framed of the sky and Lagoa Comprida. Rather than holes in the ground, the volumetric pools form a still life in the center of the space with steam and light rising from them towards the chandelier-like skylights above. Bodies bounce in and out of view as visitors move around the pools and weave through the guest rooms which form around the central pool area. The outer walls are lined with private relaxation and changing rooms. The lounge and bar raises up to form a stage viewed from the pools while also acting as a box to watch the theater of the swimming bodies. From the lounge, visitors can move up onto the rooftop terrace and see views across the magnificent site while also peering down through the skylights. The pools squish together forming an arrangement offering multiple combinations of movement between the different temperatures and views from one to the next rather than a linear organization. Between the pools and the rooms the interior becomes a continuously bulging landscape offering intense light and shadow effects as the skylights filter light below. The soft forms are surprisingly solid t the touch, carved from stone and bathed in water. Unique texture, light, and color emerge as the stone mixes with the wildflowers and bathwater. A constantly surprising sensorial experience unfolds as one moves from the exterior landscape to within the Lake Baths.
Team: Justin Hattendorf, Gillian Shaffer, Andy Kim
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