Are you lacking ideas and inspiration? We’ve searched the web for some of the more avant-gardish saunas to help think a bit outside of the box. This is the first part in our series Spectacular Saunas. Get ready for some serious sauna inspo!
This “Grotto” sauna was designed by Partisans architects for a private client in Toronto, Canada. The interior mimics the type of ‘grotto’ cave that can be formed by the curving action of streams on rocks. The beautiful exterior looks like it’s been part of the rugged lakeside landscape forever.
“Perched on an island’s edge in Georgian Bay, Ontario, the Grotto Sauna is a feat of old-world craftsmanship and new-world sustainability made possible by cutting-edge software and fabrication technology. It is a sculpted space, a sensual experience, and a sophisticated exercise in building science.
Inspired by an Italian grotto, our design pays homage to the extremities of the northern Canadian landscape. To the extent that the objective was to tell an architectural story of escape and refuge, we conceived of a design that married contrasts to transport visitors into an otherworldly sanctum. A simple but dignified exterior built from charred cedar prepared using the traditional Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method conveys a weathered appearance, while the curved interior emulates Lake Huron’s waves as well as the Precambrian shield—a soft, undulating rock surface that has been worn over billions of years.” - Partisan Architects