The design of the Tassajara Bath House constitutes a series of baths and bathing areas, both communal and private for the Zen community. The building is designed to capture the spirit of practice, tradition and philosophy of Japanese Zen Buddhism. Similar to other eastern religious centers of the Orient, a long passage is created before entering the bath. Situated at the bottom of the valley, this long narrow building is partly nestled into the hillside and partly extends over a stream. .

The building form reflects the attitude of Zen practice and is stylistically integrated with its rustic environment.