The bathhouse is a reflection of the modern and minimalist design of a traditional Norwegian boat shed with wooden planks at 45-degree angles that give it a dynamic semi-enclosed look. At first glance, this building looks like a small boathouse with red painted walls, tin roof and stands on granite pillars into the water. Reinterpreting traditional houseboats to fit today’s lifestyle makes them work for modern needs without losing their old world charm
The Bathhouse gives a totally unexpected first impression, especially when coming from the back street where the building looks closed and unassuming. At the same time, the building blends well into the cultural-historical diversity and then features unexpected twists. If you look closely, you will notice that some of the dressing tables are tilted so that they close the building towards the back and open towards the front. When inside, you will experience the purpose that you are protected at the same time because you have a view of the whole sea
The building was designed with the aim of adapting to the environment without being too obtrusive at the same time as it has a modern design language. This is accomplished by working with buildings as volumes with scarce detail, not surfaces such as roofs and walls. Materials are required of the same color to enhance the volume experience.
Materials consist of solid wood floors and ceilings as well as a room with a toilet at the back with solid wood walls supporting the construction. The main room ditched the traditional upright structure and was replaced with a thicker, 45-degree vanity that supported the ceiling. A narrow transparent acrylic panel is installed between each vanity. Doors are made the same way, both with and without acrylic panels. The bathhouse rests on a galvanized steel frame that sits on two granite metals and a concrete plinth at the back.
photography: Carlos Rollan
architect: Handegård Arkitekture