Bath House | Wellness Center

Location: Saco Lake, NH

Located along the Appalachian Mountain Trail, the Saco Lake Wellness Center acts as an “escape from the escape” of the nature that its inhabitants are constantly surrounded by.  When one enters the building, they become totally immersed in the experience and almost forget that they are in the middle of a mountain range.  The inhabitants must meander through concrete monoliths as they circulate through the bath house, each offering a new experience and connection to the outside world.  The insides of these monoliths are burned, charred and rustic, contrasting with the polished wood interior of the wellness center and almost transporting the inhabitants to a different world.  As one moves through, it is almost as if the concrete monoliths are part of the nature that was already there, and the wooden building and themselves are the foreign ones that must work around them.

 © 2019 Zain Islam-Hashmi

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