ISSUE 32  |  Down Under

Bathing en Plein Air: 29 Outdoor Summer Showers

August 14, 2014 4:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Is there any greater luxury than bathing outdoors? You don’t need much more than a showerhead and a modest enclosure (ideally one that offers a glimpse of the sea). We combed through the many outdoor showers we’ve come across over the years and selected the most memorable. Here’s our top 29: 


Above: LA interior designer Alexandra Angle’s Fire Island Beach House project has an outdoor shower on the back deck.


Above: A minimalist shower in Montauk designed by New York firm Murdock Young. For more on this shower, see Remodelista’s Steal This Look.


Above: A shower in the back of Summerhouse Skí¥ne, designed by LASC Studio, from Remodelista’s Shocking Color in a Swedish Summer House.


Above: A concrete-and-wood guest house by Rockefeller Partners Architects has an outdoor shower tucked into the nook of a staircase.


Above: A shower behind a black wooden house on Russia’s Volga River, designed by Bureau Bernaskoni Architects. Photograph via Arch Daily.


Above: A shower and bathroom in a pool house in Charleston, SC, designed by architect Heather Wilson. See more at Remodelista’s Steal This Look: An Outdoor Pool Pavilion, Shower Included.


Above: A minimalist shower on the side of Tom Givone’s farmhouse, from Remodelista’s A Floating Farmhouse in Upstate New York.


Above: A poolside shower and changing room from the blog Scandinavian Retreat.


Above: A rustic setup at the Hotel Azúcar in Veracruz, Mexico.


Above: A shower at the Melbourne home of documentary film producer Romy Sormann, featured in Inside Out Magazine via Desire to Inspire.


Above: An outdoor shower in Western Australia, at the home of interior designer Shareen Joel, founder of Share Design. Photograph via Share Design.


Above: A simple shower outside a house on Seattle’s Salmon Bay, featured on Dwell.


Above: A tumbleweed-clad outdoor shower at the Atlantic Byron Bay resort in New South Wales, Australia.


Above: A rustic shower and bathtub photographed by Seth Smoot.


Above: A longtime favorite of ours from Elle Decor: Sarah Jessica Parker’s outdoor shower in the Hamptons. The stall is made from plumbing pipe and marine-grade blue fabric; see Remodelista’s Steal This Look from 2010 for sources.


Above: A bamboo fence encloses a shower at a beach house in the Bahamas. See more in Island Life: At Home with Tom Scheerer.


Above: A shower is tucked between a bathhouse and camper trailer from our Outbuilding of the Week: A Retro ’60s Camper, Outdoor Bathhouse Included.


Above: An LA shower designed by Michaela Scherrer. For a tour of her own house, pick up a copy of Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home.


Above: An outdoor shower hidden beside a house in Reykjavik, Iceland, designed by Minarc Architects. Photograph via Arch Daily.


Above: A shower on the back porch of the Ecca Lodge, at the private game reserve Kwandwe in South Africa.


Above: A shower overlooking the shoreline of Shelter Island, NY, at a house designed by Suzanne Shaker and Tamarkin Co. and featured on Dwell. For more, see Remodelista’s Architect & Designer Visit: Cary Tamarkin and Suzanne Shaker in Shelter Island.


Above: A shower behind a Swedish summerhouse built by Kontur Architkter


Above: The lone shower in a house on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia designed by Olson Kundig Architects. See more in Remodelista’s A Master Architect Builds a Tiny Cabin in the Pacific Northwest.


Above: A tiny concrete shower stall at Manka’s Inverness Lodge in West Marin, California.


Above: A partially enclosed outdoor shower and bath in the back of a house in Denmark, from Bo Bedre magazine.


Above: An outdoor shower and pool house at the home of Wojtek and Frances Orzechowski, two surfers who live in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Photograph via House and Leisure.


Above: A shower designed by Bosworth Hoedemaker Architects.


Above: A concrete-walled shower at a forest retreat featured in Pure Green Magazine.


Above: A wide-open shower behind a beach house in Merricks, Australia. Photograph via Share Design.

Considering installing an outdoor shower yourself? See Hardscaping 101: Outdoor Showers. Prefer a bath to a shower? Have a look at 5 Favorites: Outdoor Bathtubs