Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

1-1-2004

Degree Name

Master of Architecture

Department

Architecture

Major

Architecture

Abstract

Located on the westernmost tip of San Francisco's coastline, the site of Sutro Bath Ruins is famous for its magnificent natural setting. The Baths were recognized as one of the greatest public baths in the early nineteenth century. As a historical place under the ministration of the National Park service, an appropriate architectural intervention is needed to rejuvenate the landscape culture of the site and enhance its recreational values to the public. A possible strength solution is designing a new public bathhouse as a revival of the old baths - a public realm, but the challenges are here. Long overshadowed by private bath facilities of the present day, public baths gradually lost their importance within the cultures. Furthermore, a controversial transition also happened inside public bathhouses. These spaces became the separated terrain for gay people's community life, and for intimate encounters. Therefore, the study for the thesis is to look into the history of bath cultures and rediscover the value of public baths as a mirror of physical, social, and cultural ideals and recapture the essence of a bathhouse as a public, non-sexual space by using appropriate architectural intervention.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-20200817-99

Copyright Owner

Yu-Lin Wang

Language

en

OCLC Number

57698217

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

84 pages

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