The results are out for Rebirth of the Bath House, an international ideas competition that invited designers to propose flexible designs to redevelop a historic Bath House complex within the Liepaja Seaside Park in Liepaja, Latvia.
Organized by Homemade Dessert and the City Council of Liepaja, the competition is part of a series to renew the iconic 70-hectare recreational park. The jury selected the proposals they believed made the best use of the existing building -- designed in 1902 by Paul Max Berchi -- while also taking into account its relationship to the site.
Out of over 70 submissions worldwide, the jury selected three winners, who received a cash prize of US$7,000 total. Six honorable mentions were also announced.
- 1ST PRIZE: Bodega & Piedrafita Architects (Uruguay)
- 2ND PRIZE: Satellit Arkitekter AB (Sweden)
- 3RD PRIZE: Michael Townshend, David Klocek (Canada)
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1ST PRIZE: Bodega & Piedrafita Architects - Fabrizio Devoto, Leandro Villalba, Nicolas Rudolph (Uruguay)
Description by the jury: "The proposal suggests the creation of a two-building complex, with the addition of a new structure 90m in length. The linearly-arranged element combines open and enclosed spaces, and light and shade for a sensory experience that is both engaging and highly restorative. The new volume respects the landscape, and its proportions and site placement harmonise with the existing building. Furthermore, its sectionally-compressed form establishes intimate spaces towards the centre while expanding on each end to incorporate large windows which blend the landscape with interior spaces; this unification of indoors with outdoors is further enhanced by a bath at one end which extends into the site. The jury appreciates this project’s well-organised plan, its respect towards architectural heritage, its choice of materials and its overall ability to be realised as an exciting new health-therapy destination."
2ND PRIZE: Satellit Arkitekter AB - Emil Mattsson, Tijana Petrovic, Madalina Baetu, Henrik Eriksson (Sweden)
Description by the jury: "The expansion of the Bath House in this proposal fuses architecture with landscape to create an experiential new project focused on three aspects of water: reflection, flow and the filtering of light. A combination of frosted and clear glass and white-painted metal meshing engage the existing structure and site. The new, symmetrical structure incorporates internal courtyards and its arrangement establishes a path of travel that traverses from the historic Bath House through the new extension: as visitors move through the proposed project, they would experience a flow between light and water, with views from inside to outside. The jury was especially impressed by the integration of spa and hotel functions in plan according to a strong grid which relates to the symmetric and axial construction principles of the existing building."
3RD PRIZE: Michael Townshend, David Klocek (Canada)
Description by the jury: "The most striking aspect of this project is the use of outdoor baths to connect the Bath House complex with its site. In one instance, a stretch of linear saltwater baths establish a strong axis through the site that complements the axes of the existing building. In another, a pool flows under a newly-constructed volume as if wrapping the site around the building. As with the other two winning proposals, the proportions of the new building follow from, rather than overtake, the existing Bath House. Here, the additional structure gently wraps portions of the Bath House to visually and functionally combine the two buildings into one. The final result is a modern, formally-simple addition which celebrates and preserves the historic Bath House of 1902."
Images via homemadedessert.org
HONORABLE MENTIONS :
- Rasa Anaityte + Nicolas Lebeer (Belgium)
- Ieva Butkute + Povilas Konkulevicius (Lithuania)
- Michał Polak (Poland)
- Chloé Cancel + Olivier Poulat + Ali Ozku (France)
- Imke van Leuken + Paul Mulder + Ruben Aalbersberg (The Netherlands)
- D. M. Rangel + J. M. Virués + A. M. Muñoz + M. F. Expósito (Spain)
See each of their proposals in the thumbnail gallery below.
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