Denizen Sauna by Denizen Works + Friends

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Denizen Sauna by Denizen Works + Friends

In the freezing winter months this wooden sauna on a Finnish island can be towed like a sledge over a frozen lake to find the right spot for a plunge pool.

Denizen Sauna by Denizen Works + Friends

London architects Denizen Works + Friends designed the mobile sauna on site and constructed it in just nine days using locally sourced timber and recycled windows.

Denizen Sauna by Denizen Works + Friends

The wood lining the hut’s interior had been stored for over twelve years in a disused boatshed while the owner tried unsuccessfully to gain permission to convert that into a sauna.

Denizen Sauna by Denizen Works + Friends

She was granted permission for this structure on the premise that it would be mobile.

Denizen Sauna by Denizen Works + Friends

When on dry land, detachable concrete feet anchor the building to the ground.

Denizen Sauna by Denizen Works + Friends

We've also featured a glass bedroom by a lake on a Finnish island - see it here.

Denizen Sauna by Denizen Works + Friends

Photography is by Tiina Tervo.

Here's some more text from architect Murray Kerr:


Denizen Sauna

The commission for the sauna came from a trip to Åland, in the archipelago between Sweden and Finland, during the summer of 2010.

Denizen Sauna by Denizen Works + Friends

In Åland, like most of Scandinavia, the sauna is one of the main social functions of the home. Our client had tried, unsuccessfully for 12 years, to obtain planning permission for a sauna within her disused boat-shed.

Denizen Sauna by Denizen Works + Friends

On leaving the island we set about coming up with a solution that could circumnavigate the planning issues. We decided on two possible solutions; one that put the sauna on a boat and the boat in the boat-shed and the other, a winter option, which put the sauna on a large-scale sledge and allowed the sauna to be towed onto the frozen waters surrounding the house during the winter months.

Denizen Sauna by Denizen Works + Friends

During the deliberations, our client’s son told the story of his grandfather building a winter sauna on runners for winter fun, so we erred on the side of family history.

The sauna was designed on site, using only sketches from a small notepad, and built by Denizen Works and friends during 9 hard days of toil in the summer of 2011.

The building is constructed from locally sourced timber, recycled windows and lined in the pine cladding our client had stored in her shed for the 12 years since the submission of her first planning application.

Denizen Sauna by Denizen Works + Friends

Practice Name: Denizen Works + Friends
Project Name: Denizen Sauna
Completion Date: July 2011
Contract Value: £3465.00
Project Address: Åland, Finland

  • http://www.storynorth.com Samantha Denisdottir

    I love this! A perfect place for a sauna. Thanks for sharing :)

  • http://www.tiipii.com.au Salli @ Tiipii

    I must have one of these! including the property on a Finnish lake.