FINALIST of Himalayan Thermal Bath
Himalayan Thermal Bath
Stupa Waterdrop Thermal Bathhouse
Name: Wensheng Hou
Institution / Company: Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts – Washington University in St. Louis
The development of technology eases travel to the Himalayas in the near future. Stupa Waterdrop Thermal Bathhouse can provide the most relaxing, green, and environmentally friendly services to locals, pilgrims, and tourists. The house design adopts the form of a stupa integrated with the shape of water drops. Wide windows allow for enjoyment of the views to the Himalayas and lakes from the baths. The main body of the building is made of traditional clay baked bricks and stone masonry. All materials are taken from the Gosaikunda Lake site. This best reduces carbon pollution and transportation costs to protect the local ecology and environment. Advanced technology is used to absorb geothermal heat and to recycle water resources, achieving chemical free waters, minimize environmental pollution, and maintain human health. All information about the Bathhouse is available through tools of holograms and VR goggles. The goal is to pursue the harmonious coexistence between occupation and the natural landscape of Himalayas. We believe technology can support the continuity of traditional culture and a harmonious coexistence with nature.