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  • Beta Architecture
    studio specialized in
    unbuilt architecture

Our work.
Collection.
  • Rural Tower
  • Team . James Barber
  • Client . Unknown
  • Status . Research
  • Location . Undefined

This small building is imagined as a ‘vertical bath’ consisting of three volumes containing a shower, sauna and a coldwater pool.The experience of each is heightened by a distinct contrast in volume, light and materiality.

The structure itself is inspired formally by the Norwegian ‘Stabbur’ – a building used for the storage of food dating back to the 9th century. These structures are a common sight in the interior agricultural landscapes in Norway and although this new building shares little in common functionally, it’s distinctive ‘stepped’ form is a familiar sight.

The bath is imagined to be publicly accessible from a track that connects a popular skiing area and a village, serving both winter skiers and summer hikers.