This off-the-grid bathhouse accompanies the adjoining residence and studio to complete the ensemble of structures in the net-zero retreat. Located just outside Mexico City, the retreat offers a new model for utilizing and conserving water in a region and country where it is an increasingly precious resource.
The stand-alone bathhouse is designed around the experiential quality of water. Conceived as an overlay of Louis Kahn’s Trenton Bath House and Bramante’s Tempietto, the circular structure supports four different bathing activities: hot bath, sauna, steam shower, and washroom. Each bathing room contains its own connection point to the outdoors, all encircling a cold plunge pool at the center which is open to the sky.