Architecture firm TYIN Tegnestue created this angular bamboo bathhouse that harmonizes with the rural landscape in Thailand. Stationed at the Safe Haven Orphanage in Ban Tha Song Yang, the bathhouse is a center for safe hygiene that serves the resident children. The bathhouse's bamboo-clad façade provides shelter from tropical rains and the region's harsh sunlight.
Ban Tha Song Yang sits on the boarder of Thailand and Burma in a tropical area where good personal hygiene can prevent diseases and keep kids safe. TYIN Tegnestue designed a bathhouse that would provide cleanliness for the kids of the orphanage without disrupting the natural beauty of the mountainous region.
TYIN worked with an existing wooden framework and added two concrete structures at either end for the private toilets and a shower. Sliced tires have been turned into urinals that line the back of one concrete wall at varying heights. The wooden floor of the bathhouse was elevated to prevent water damage during the rainy season. Three large basins line the platform, which can be used for bathing or washing clothes. The building’s angled bamboo wall lets in diffuse natural lighting.
Layers of stone and gravel were installed to filter water, while the toilets drain through pipes beneath the structure. Slotted floor beams ensure excess water will drain, keeping the floors dry and disease-free. The life-changing bathhouse was built in just two weeks with the help of local workers.
Photos © Pasi Aalto / Tyin Tegnestue