6 finest saunas in the world

26 Apr 2017

The six finest saunas in the world

The concept of the sauna is, from a design point of view, a fairly simple one – a stove, a bench, and four wooden walls. But something about their natural simplicity can make a well-planned sauna absolutely breathtaking. 

Here are six of the most beautiful saunas from around the world

Grotto Sauna, Canada

Sauna design

Sauna design

Sauna design

Sauna design

Sauna design

We start beside a sparkling Canadian lake with the Grotto Sauna. Its rugged exterior contrasts magnificently with the sweeping, light curves inside, with a skylight and circular window looking out across the lake enhancing the effect. Designed by Canadian studio Partisans, the sauna was carefully planned to minimise its impact on the landscape, but nothing can stop this sauna standing out.

The Bands, Norway

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Sauna design

 

Sauna design

Sauna design

Another lakeside sauna perched on rock, but with a completely different effect. The Bands sauna, by Norwegian collective the Scarcity and Creativity Studio, clambers all over the Norwegian Arctic shoreline to form a sauna that fuses water and land.

One-man sauna, Germany

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Sauna design

Sauna design

The One-Man Sauna was the result when German design group Modulorbeat reimagined the mineshafts of the Ruhr, stacking old concrete modules from the mines on top of each other to create a sauna-tower that pays tribute to the region’s industrial heritage. The base module is now a plunge pool, a tiny sauna is in the middle, and the top gives the single user a rooftop relaxation space.   

Agora sauna, Norway

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This is officially the biggest sauna in the world, but that’s not the only reason it is in this list. Designed as an amphitheatre that can hold 100 people at one, the Agora sauna combines sleek design based on Sámi fish-drying racks with a stunning island location in the Norwegian Arctic. Want to see it? Better hurry – it was built as part of a mobile cultural project, SALT, so the sauna will close this autumn and move to a new location.

Gondoli-sauna, Ylläs, Finland

Sauna design

Sauna design

Their language brought the word ‘sauna’ into the global lexicon, so Finns know a thing or two about designing and building them. Located in the northern Finnish ski resort of Ylläs, this gondola-sauna is one of their more unusual ones, giving bathers the best possible view of a Lapland landscape that seems to go on for ever. Just think before stepping outside to cool down.

Ästad Vingård underwater sauna, Sweden

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Getting out of this sauna is tougher than usual, too – the world’s only underwater sauna, this submerged sauna was designed by Daniel Carlsson and built for the Ästad Vingård complex in southern Sweden.

Source: WorldBuild 365



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