ISSUE 6  |  Love Is a Rose

Architect Visit: Finnish Sauna by a Lake

February 15, 2014 11:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

The Scandinavian devotion to the sauna is well documented: this Nordic hot house, devised by UK-based Denizen Works for a family in Finland, has the added appeal of portability.

In ├ůland, like most of Scandinavia, the sauna is one of the main social functions of the home. Denizen’s clients tried unsuccessfully for years to obtain planning permission for a sauna. Creation of mobile structures was allowed, however, so Denizen built the sauna on runners to allow it to be towed onto the frozen shores for a refreshing plunge into the icy waters during the winter months. During the warmer months, it sits on the land, perched atop removable concrete blocks

Made from locally sourced timber and recycled windows, the structure cost less than $6,000 to build.

Photographs by Tiina Tervo courtesy of Denizen Works.

This Nordic hot house was designed by Denizen Works for a family in FinlandAbove: The building sits on removable concrete supports.

This Nordic hot house was designed by Denizen Works for a family in FinlandAbove: A sleek glass door adds a note of modernity to the structure.
Finish architecture firm Denizen designed this portable saunaAbove: A view onto the lake.

This Nordic hot house was designed by Denizen Works for a family in FinlandAbove: The sauna will soon be towed out onto the lake for winter refreshment.

This Nordic hot house was designed by Denizen Works for a family in FinlandAbove: A narrow window frames the lake and landscape.

This Nordic hot house was designed by Denizen Works for a family in FinlandAbove: The sauna casts a glow down the slope from the main house.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on February 22, 2012.