BEIJING A PUBLIC BATHROOM WITH SINUOUS SHAPES AND SINGLE-MATERIAL VOLUMES
Even service architecture can become a landmark and an object of experimentation. This is the case of the Amoeba public baths building in Beijing. Designed by People’s Architecture Office, the architecture takes the form of a small mono-material pavilion with sinuous forms where space becomes highly dynamic in a succession of concave and convex curves.
On the outside, the wall winds into a single opaque surface, capable on the inside to fluently generate the spaces for the individual toilets and at the same time to have a continuous central distribution space. Each toilet thus fits into a niche created by the shape of the wall, in a conical space that contributes to the lighting through zenith openings. Light thus gives life and value to the forms and spaces, ennobling the service building.
Furthermore, special attention has been paid to meeting the needs of visitors, seeking to ensure maximum inclusiveness. Therefore, the spaces, in their dimensions and identity, conform as accessible to all, such as children, people with disabilities, and without any gender difference.
The doors of each box do not fully cover the height of the space, always leaving the possibility to recognize the mouldable spatiality of the project. Finally, the washbasins define the limits of the interior, fitting into two niches at the opposite ends of the building.
Ph Credits: Zhu Yumeng