I worked on this project in a group of three for a second year, second semester project. The site was on Saco Lake in NH, by the Crawford Notch and Elephant Head Mountain (where the Old Man on the Mountain used to be). Some of the requirements were to have a hot and cold bath, changing area, meditation area, and a dock for canoeing on the lake.
We started with two major axiis created by ramps for a downward procession when walking toward the baths and meditation areas. This created a sequence to the bath house jouney: first the baths, then meditation, and finally setting off in a canoe on the lake. We stuck with the idea that the meditation area should be intimate, as should the final setting off from the bath house in the canoe.
We used stone walls to emphasize the axiis, and dark stone for the meditation area to distinguish it from the rest of the bath house. Also part of these stone walls was our component, which was a requirement introduced halfway through the project. Our component was a concrete block placed stratgecially among the stone to allow either sound to pass through, or people to see through. The ones allowing people to see occur on walls touching the outside, while the sound occur on interior bath house walls.