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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Safe Haven Bathhouse in Ban Tha Song Yang, Thailand by TYIN tegnestue Architects

January 14th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source:  TYIN tegnestue Architects

The new sanitary building houses the basic needs of the orphanage; the toilets, personal hygiene facilities and laundry. The internal structure was already built and became the framework for the project.

The most intimate functions are located within the two plastered concrete masses. The central zone contains concrete containers for bathing and opens out towards the vast teak plantation. The bathing area is only partly privatized, adapted to Karen culture. A tilted facade of bamboo covers the front of the building and creates a passageway, connecting the two functions together.

Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto, South facade of Safe Haven Bathhouse with the teak plantation in the background.

  • Architects: TYIN tegnestue Architects
  • Project: Safe Haven Bathhouse
  • Location: Ban Tha Song Yang, Thailand
  • Photography: Pasi Aalto
  • Client: Safe Haven Orphanage
  • Project: Bathhouse
  • Cost: 22 500 NOK / 2 979 EUR
  • Building period: 12th – 29th January 2009
  • Area: 61 m2
  • Built by: TYIN tegnestue and local workers

Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto, Urinals in the back made of old tyres and cheap plastic tubes.

A huge challenge in this project was the sewage, which has to be dealt with on-site. The drainage system has to be able to cope with large amounts of water during the rainy season. The existing sanitary facilities at Safe Haven Orphanage were narrow, dark and have concrete flooring that accumulated water and dirt. With this bathhouse we have tried alternative solutions that hopefully will be an important asset in the future development in the district. Gravel and wooden floors are easy to keep clean and dry, using layers of stone and gravel drains all wet rooms. The waste from the toilets passes through pipes buried in the ground.

The climate of northern Thailand makes good personal hygiene essential to prevent diseases, especially for small children. With this bathhouse TYIN wanted to create well functioning and dignified facility for personal hygiene.

Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto, West facade.

Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto, The front-facade protects people from the hot sun.

Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto, Open space for bathing between the two brick structures.

Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto, The bathing area is also used for washing clothes. The floor is easily drained and cleaned.

Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto, Bathing Ruby (3) is happy with the different heights of the water tanks. Easy to reach, easy to have fun with.

Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto, The new toilets are made from old tyres and readymade products from the local shops. The floor is drained with a 1 meter layer of gravel and stones.

Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto, Local workers preparing bamboo for the facade.

Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto, The Bathhouse was built over a big wooden frame already built at the site.

Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto, Halfway into the building of the bathhouse.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

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