Situated along the eastern shore of Lake Washington, the new Juanita Beach Bathhouse is a year-round facility in the 22-acre Juanita Beach Park. The project features a new bathhouse and two new picnic pavilions centered around an accessible-to-all playground. The bathhouse will contain restrooms, concessions, a lifeguard station, emergency vehicle storage, and paddleboard rentals. In addition, the City of Kirkland rents out the picnic pavilions to the public, with the largest pavilion able to accommodate groups of up to 100 people.
Conceptually, the new bathhouse reflects the history of the site, which has been a center of activity since before the founding of Kirkland, WA. The form and scale of the bathhouse represent the logging and wood shingle mill history on site. The structure uses sustainable and durable materials such as Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) which contributes to the natural aesthetic of the new complex. The removal of the 1950’s era bathhouse opens the park up to the water, creating a grand open space to the south of the bathhouse.