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Sauna Löyly in Helsinki, Finland by Avanto Architects Ltd

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Article source: Avanto Architects Ltd

Sauna culture

Sauna bathing is an essential part of Finnish culture and national identity. There are only 5,4 million Finns but 3,3 million saunas. Public saunas used to be common in bigger cities but now that most new apartments have sauna of their own, public saunas have decreased dramatically in number. There are only a couple remaining. As a sense of community is becoming a more and more important part of new urban culture, many new public saunas are being planned. With Löyly (meaning the steam that comes when you throw water on hot stones in a sauna) Helsinki will offer foreign visitors a public sauna experience all year round – a must when visiting Finland.

Image Courtesy ©, Marc Goodwin, Mikko Ryhänen

Image Courtesy ©, Marc Goodwin, Mikko Ryhänen

  • Architects: Avanto Architects Ltd
  • Project: Sauna Löyly
  • Location: Hernesaarenranta 4, Helsinki, Finland
  • Photography:, Marc Goodwin / Archmospheres, Mikko Ryhänen / Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio
  • Client: Antero Vartia and Jasper Pääkkönen, Kidvekkeli Oy
  • Operator: Royal Restaurants
  • Project management: Qtio Oy
  • Assistants: Antti Westerlund, architect SAFA Hiroko Mori, architect, Laura Nenonen, student of Architecture, Xiaowen Xu, student of Architecture
  • Interior architect: Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio / Joanna Laajisto (restaurant, terrace  furniture, sauna lounge interior design)
  • Structural design: Ramboll Finland Oy / Hans Wilkman, Teemu Nyyssönen
  • Total cost: 6,0 m€
  • Capacity: restaurant 150, terrace 300, sauna up to 96
  • Gross Area: 1071 sqm (without covered space under the cloak)
  • Terrace area: 1510 m2 + roof terrace 249m2 + look out terrace 58 m2
  • Design and completion: 2011 – 2016
  • Construction: 2015- 2016


Sauna tonttu in Soini, Finland by Lassila Hirvilammi

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Article source: Lassila Hirvilammi

The sauna is located on top of a rock which rises 200 meters above sea level. You reach the sauna along a little path through a cornfield, which leads to a sheltered terrace. The walk up to the sauna is part of the purification process.

Image Courtesy © Mikko Auerniitty

  • Architects: Lassila Hirvilammi (Anssi Lassila)
  • Project: Sauna tonttu
  • Location: Soini, Finland
  • Photography: Mikko Auerniitty
  • Years of planning: 2009
  • Construction: 2009-10
  • Floor area: 16 m2 , 72 m3
  • Builders: Petri ja Martti Piipponen

ERMITAGE in Trossö, Sweden by SEPTEMBRE

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Article source: SEPTEMBRE

A wooden cabin with sauna and bedroom on the island of Trossö, Sweden. Two large windows frame the windswept and poetic landscape: the ocean on one side, pines on the other, with a large sliding door effectively doubling the living area when open. The  cabin contains a sauna and a 2 person bedroom, living room.The cabin was designed for a couple who spend their summers on the remote island of Trossö, off the west coast of Sweden.

Image Courtesy © Alphonse Sarthout

  • Architects: SEPTEMBRE
  • Project: ERMITAGE
  • Location: Trossö, Sweden
  • Photography: Alphonse Sarthout
  • Use: Summer house
  • Site Area: ㎡ 3 ha
  • Bldg. Area: ㎡ 20m²
  • Gross Floor Area: ㎡ 17m²
  • Bldg. Scale: Stories above Ground, Stories below Ground : 1 level
  • Structure: Wood structure, beams and pillars in Swedish Spruce. Ground pillars in cast concrete
  • Max. Height: 4m
  • Exterior Finish: Painted Swedish spruce
  • Project Team: Lina Lagerstrom, MemiaBelkaid , Sami Aloulou, DouniaHamdouch, Emilia Jansson
  • Client: Private

Kaluga Floating Sauna in Russia by Rintala Eggertsson Architects

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Article source: Rintala Eggertsson Architects

This is a project based on our experiences of bathing cultures from our respective home countries Finland and Iceland. We wanted to offer our Russian spectators a warm sauna, banja in their own language, and a cold dive directly in the river itself. To have some more local qualities, we added a typical small pine tree from the area and fine lace curtains to add some privacy if needed.

Image Courtesy Rintala Eggertsson Architects


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