Juanita Beach Bathhouse Wins AIA Seattle 2022 Honor Award

Published on January 31, 2023

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KIRKLAND, Wash. – In November 2022, Kirkland’s Juanita Beach Park Bathhouse was recognized as a 2022 Honor Award Honorable Mention from the American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter. The Honor Awards for Washington Architecture celebrate excellence in design in Washington. The Juanita Beach Park Bathhouse was chosen by the jury as one of the 15 award winners that “delight, inspire and enrich their communities all while having a positive impact on the environment.”

“Kirkland is renowned for our beautiful and popular lakefront parks,” said Councilmember Toby Nixon.  “Juanita Beach Park is the busiest park in Kirkland and is beloved for its views, large active lawn areas, large picnic shelters, beaches, and protected swim area.  The Bathhouse serves as a center point for the park’s amenities, and we’re excited that it has received this additional recognition.  We greatly appreciate the team that worked so hard to make it a reality.”

The 22-acre park features 1,000 feet of shoreline, two new picnic pavilions, and a new play area. The playground’s synthetic turf and play elements are designed to be accessible to people of all abilities.  The bathhouse officially opened to the public on December 23, 2020.

The Juanita Beach Bathhouse has a Northwest natural aesthetic that was articulated in the 2006 master plan. The term “bathhouse” is an homage to a portion of the history of Juanita Beach Park, to a time where the land of the current park was a summer retreat and vacation destination for Seattle families.

Earlier in 2022, the bathhouse project received the 2022 Facilities Spotlight Award from the Washington Recreation and Park Association and the 2022 Civic Design Award from the American Institute of Architects Washington Council. In 2021, the Juanita Beach Park Bathhouse received the Project of the Year Award for Structures Under $5 Million from the Washington Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

The American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter is a member-driven professional society for architects and associate architects throughout the Puget Sound region and works to champion the central role of architects in creating and sustaining a better built environment.

For more information on the Juanita Beach Park Bathhouse, please visit www.kirklandwa.gov/JuanitaBeach