Spa in the Nature (2017)

PDF Composed by Takaharu Igarashi, Memu Earth Lab Researcher 2019.
Original contents belong to LIXIL JS Foundation.
Students from the following universities produced the content.

・University of Pennsylvania (USA), the award of excellence
・University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
・AA School (UK)
・IAAC (Spain)
・Riga Technical University (Latvia)
・The Vienna Technical University (Austria), the award of excellence
・China Academy of Art (China)
・National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan)
・Universitas Indonesia (Indonesia)
・The University of Sydney (Australia)
・Kyushu University (Japan), the top prize
・Tokyo University of the Arts (Japan)
・Meiji University (Japan)

The public baths of ancient Rome, the Great Bath in Pakistan’s Mohenjo-Daro, Germany’s Baden Baden, England’s city of Bath, Finnish saunas or Japanese “onsen” (hot spring) or steam baths going back to a time long before the Middle Ages – there is a variety of bathing customs found throughout the world. Even in earlier times, baths were not merely intended to remove soil and stains. They were also places of social interaction, public areas as relaxing as a living room.

In the rich natural setting of the town of Taiki, Hokkaido, what would a relaxing bath spot be like? One should do more than simply soak. Imagine places to stretch or enjoy a massage, stroll through the lush natural setting, dally away a day, or other kinds of activities. Under a roof or not? Do men and women share spaces? Aren’t there new and untried ways of thinking about a bathing spot and its pleasures? The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts winning design for 6th LIXIL International Student Architectural Competition,‘INFINITE FIELD” is a movable pavilion which perhaps might have a place in the spa-like setting you design. Unlike past years, this theme encourages direct contact of architecture on skin. This new approach may also arouse new ways of employing building materials. Please design a spa where visitors can relax and enjoy the expanse of the surrounding grassland.

Kengo Kuma (Architect/Professor, The University of Tokyo)
Tomonari Yashiro(Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo)
Kundo Koyama (Television, radio, and scriptwriter)
Dana Buntrock (Architect/Professor, Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley)
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Architect//Professor, Graduate School of Architecture and Building Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

#architecture student competition
#sustainable living

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