Pine-clad sauna by Murman Arkitekter sits on the Stockholm archipelago

This timber-clad sauna for a seaside home in Sweden was designed by Stockholm studio Murman Arkitekter with two gently angled wings that overlook the Baltic Sea (+ slideshow).

Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman

Murman Arkitekter placed the Brenner Bastu (Brenner Sauna) on the edge of a timber jetty in Saltsjöbaden, a resort just outside Stockholm. Saltsjöbaden was founded by Swedish politician and banker Knut Agathon Wallenberg in the 1890s as spa and water sports retreat.

Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman

The Brenner Sauna was commissioned by the owners of a villa by Torben Grut, the Swedish architect who designed the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Stadium. Grut was also responsible for the design of the public bathhouse in Saltsjöbaden, which opens at a V-shaped angle to the water – a feature that Murman Arkitekter founder Hans Murman says inspired the angular shape of the sauna.

Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman

"Our client's brief was to create a sauna that was not visible from the main building and that took in outlooks and the evening sun," Murman told Dezeen.

Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman

"The shape of the plan is found in the main building and also in the bathhouse in Saltsjöbaden," added Murman, who completed the project in 2011. "But it is more a result of site conditions at the pier and rock."

Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman

Planks of locally sourced pine were used to clad the roof in a traditional Swedish technique called Faltak, while square shingles cover the water-facing facade and gables of the building. An iron sulphate treatment applied to the facade gives the timber a greyed and weathered effect.

Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman

"Roofing material turns into facade and consists of pine heartwood from Gotland, where wooden roofs with this type of lining are called Faltak," explained the architect.

Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman

The angled shape of the cabin shelters a small patch of decking in front of the glazed entrance.

Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman

Inside, a wood-lined sauna and sitting room "built of pine like a boat's interior" are placed at either end of the structure, while a kitchenette, bathroom and storage space occupy the middle segment.

Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman

The sauna features a traditional stepped-seating arrangement made from pale timber, while the sitting room has soft grey furnishing.

Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman

A floor-to-ceiling window directly in front of the seating platform directs views towards the water, while a narrow landscape window set high into the end of the cabin provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape for loungers on the upper deck.

Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman

A brass skirting board runs around the base of the two cubicles containing the shower room, toilet and storage. Brass fittings in the kitchenette affixed to the cubicle nearest the sitting room pick up on this detail.

Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman

The floors throughout are covered in rectangular pieces of pale grey slate and the walls are lined with planks of light-coloured pine.

Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman

Photography is by Åke E:son Lindman and Murman Architects.


Project credits:

Architect: Murman Architects
Team: Hans Murman and Ulla Alberts

Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman
Site plan – click for larger image
Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman
Floor plan – click for larger image
Brenner Bastu sauna by Hans Murman
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