Hampton Beach Redevelopment Project-Phase 1 Bathhouses

The New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development knew that the services at the Hampton Beach State Park needed to be replaced with facilities that could meet the demands of today.

They turned to the NH Lakes Region architecture firm, Samyn-D’Elia Architects as the project architects working along with ORW Landscape Architects and Planners and Vanasse Hagen Brustlin Engineers (VHB) to  transform the existing park in two phases.  This team developed Feasibility Plans that called for a family-friendly hub that echoed local vintage architecture, yet was tough enough to handle crowds and harsh seaside conditions.   The project then proceeded in a multi-phase construction schedule.  Phase 1 included two new bathhouses and accompanying landscaping and site construction.  Read More about Phase 2

Two new bathhouses were designed by Samyn-D’Elia Architects as part of Phase One.

One bathhouse at the north end by the Marine Memorial and one bathhouse at the south end at Haverhill Street provide rest rooms, lockers, outdoor showers and shaded areas for visitors at either end of the Park.


The architecture of these buildings reflects the iconic New England coastal shingle style.

The bathhouses are, however, modern with regard to energy efficient features in materials and mechanical systems.  State of the art insulation will keep the building comfortable in all seasons.


The use of skylights is one example of sustainable energy features that were incorporated.  The skylights will reduce the use of electricity for lighting.  The post and beam wood trusses display the historic New England building technique.

Extensive site work  and environmental impact considerations were also part of the project.  Storm surge protection on the beach areas, parking areas, with enhanced and clearly designated crosswalks on Ocean Boulevard, new walkways, lighting and landscaping done by VHB and ORW, were a large part of this phase.

Sails were designed in the site plan to serve as street name markers and also designate the crosswalk areas.  They add a whimsical and playful appearance while serving an important function.






Visitors enjoying the beach  while taking a break from the hot sun under the timber frame shade structures provided by Timberpeg.



Rinsing off under the new outdoor showers before leaving the beach.

Along the breezeway area of each bathhouse hand painted tiles by Sheryl Chatterton adorn the walls.  The artwork throughout the Park Redevelopment was made possible by New Hampshire’s Percent for Art Program

 The tiles depict fish found in the ocean in the Hampton Beach area.



Scenery typical in the estuaries.






 Lobster is the New England icon.















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