ISSUE 31  |  Height of Summer

Bathing en Plein Air: 29 Outdoor Summer Showers

August 07, 2015 3:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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Is there any greater luxury than bathing outdoors? Little more is needed 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 includes an outdoor shower on the back deck.

Above: A minimalist outdoor shower in Montauk designed by New York firm Murdock Young. For more, see our Steal This Look on the shower.

Above: A shower in the back of Summerhouse SkÃ¥ne designed by LASC Studio from our post 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: An outdoor shower in the back of a black-wood cottage on Russia’s Volga River, designed by Bureau Bernaskoni Architects. Photograph via Arch Daily.

Above: An outdoor shower and bathroom at a pool house in Charleston, South Carolina, designed by architect Heather Wilson. See more at Steal This Look: An Outdoor Pool Pavilion, Shower Included.

Above: A minimal outdoor shower on the side of Tom Givone’s farmhouse from our post A Floating Farmhouse in Upstate New York.

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

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

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

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

Above: A simple outdoor shower in 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 outdoor shower and bathtub photographed by Seth Smoot.

Above: A long favorite feature 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 our Steal This Look from 2010 for sources.

Above: A bamboo fence creates an enclosed outdoor shower at a beach house in the Bahamas. See more in our recent post, Island Life: At Home with Tom Scheerer.

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

Above: An outdoor shower in Los Angeles designed by Michaela Scherrer. For a tour of her own home, pick up a copy of our book, Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home.

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

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

Above: A shower overlooking the coast in a Shelter Island house designed by Tamarkin Co. featured on Dwell.

Above: A shower in the back of 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 our post A Master Architect Builds a Tiny Cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

Above: A tiny concrete shower enclosure 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: An outdoor shower designed by Bosworth Hoedemaker Architects.

Above: An outdoor shower at a forest retreat featured in Pure Green Magazine.

Above: An outdoor shower in the back of a black beach house in Merricks, Australia. Photograph via Share Design.

Prefer a bath to a shower? Have a look at our post on Gardenista, 5 Favorites: Outdoor Bathtubs. And sift through our curated feed of Summery Rooms in our Gallery of images and spaces.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on June 27, 2014, as part of our issue called The Life Aquatic.