Peter and Mark Anderson, of Anderson Anderson Architecture, created Cantilever House, a prefab in Granite Falls, Wisonsin, for Scott Stafne. Mimicking the cantilever of the house, an outdoor shower just off the master bedroom stretches out gently toward the surrounding woods.
When a 40-year-old pine tree fell over at the rear of a Brentwood estate in Los Angeles a few years back, its owner, an art lover and a philanthropist, let it lie. The tree revived itself, continuing to grow from its newfound horizontal position. At that point, the owner decided to honor its resilience by incorporating it into a 172-square-foot office and guest house. Below the tree house, he then shaped and formed an outdoor shower from concrete.
Building a small home doesn’t equate to easy lifting. Before Tom Bayley could call in a crane to lift the materials for his 800-square-foot house to the roof of the building on which it’s perched, he had to tackle a radical retrofit to shore up the structure. Sited in the Pacific Northwest, the home offers modern comforts—and a few luxuries, like this outdoor shower.
On the shores of New Zealand’s Lake Wakatipu, architects Bronwen Kerr and Pete Ritchie designed a relaxed family home that reclines into its spectacular landscape. The region gets cold in winter, hence the installation of this sauna, equipped with a full shower and outdoor access. Outside, the landscaping was kept deliberately casual, with rock walls and gravel paths.
The evening bath is a ritual in Japan, and public baths are still around, but this is a new twist. In this Tokyo home designed by the Office of Ryue Nishizawa, each of the rooms is a separate structure—including the shower. The resident, Yasuo Moriyama, curtains the bath during use, but won’t cover any other windows, “because it feels good to couple the inner space with the outside world.”
An outdoor shower is flanked by a highly functional (and attractive) wall designed for firewood storage. Via Stone Creek Camp. (Pin)
Once a classic trailer-park scheme of mint green and white, the exterior of Commune Images owner Sofie Howard’s 500-square-foot trailer in Malibu, California was distinctively repainted. The gate is a patchwork of scrap wood pieces. Partly inspired by 1970s Vans slip-ons, Howard’s boyfriend, artist Grant Shumate, painted accent lines on the side of the trailer. The porch houses a seating area with handmade MORERA Boxes from Commune, and a new outdoor shower. The entrance is beneath the wood-framed canopy.
Most beachfront houses treat the ocean as part of the visual landscape with panoramic views and wraparound balconies. Tom Lloyd-Butler’s beach house by Ernest Born, however, is deeply interior, and far more interested in its tranquil inner courtyard than anything beyond. One transparent addition later, the avid surfer has a new outlook. Though it's technically not an outdoor shower, this tub—which opens up to a tree canopy via sliding doors—is as pleasing as they come.