FINALIST of Himalayan Thermal Bath
Himalayan Thermal Bath
Name: Yue Wu
Institution / Company: Washington University in St. Louis
The thermal bath project is situated at the water’s edge of Gosaikunda Lake, close to the water string that connects to Bhairavkunda Lake. Hot spring pools are thoughtfully integrated among the large rocks, creating a harmonious blend of nature and man-made elements. A stairway runs alongside the pools, seamlessly merging with the adjacent lake, offering visitors an immersive and inspiring experience. Blurring the boundaries that separate built structures from the natural environment. It challenges conventional distinctions and enhances understanding of the seamless integration between architectural and geological elements.
The lightweight canopy covering the pools contrasts with the massive, dense rocks, creating a sense of weightlessness and giving visitors the sensation of floating among the clouds. The inverted canopy structure aimed to capture all potential water resources on a site. Large vertical mesh netting is strategically placed to direct fog and steam droplets down into the storage below. Rainwater is collected at the concave top and funneled into an underwater storage tank. This water is then available for pumping into the pools. Every drop of water surrounds the purest holy lake is preserved and cherished, ensuring the sustainability of this natural wonder.