Date of Award
Master of Architecture
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.
Wang, Yu-Lin, "A space for taking the water: designing a contemporary public bathhouse" (2004). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 20306.