Sauna art revisits traditional Finnish sauna culture
Architects Hector Mendoza, Mara Bartida, Boris Pecan and Peca Pacanin wanted to reconsider the traditional Wood and recording sauna Culture in Finland. They sought to understand the design of the sauna house from the wooden climbing exterior to the bench-like wooden benches inside. They thought of building an experimental sauna path where art, architecture, nature and culture would be visible inside and out. They envisioned a space where people talk, seek experiences and create a sense of social togetherness. The end result is Art Sauna, and architecture in finland that stands on the beach Serlachius Gosta . Museum and a sauna building featuring art and design.
Architects define Art Sauna as a continuation of Serlachius’ emotional journey Museums. The interior design alone of the sauna features furniture from international designers such as Òscar Tusquets, Patricia UrquiolaAnd the Jasper MorrisonAnd the Where are you?against the works of Finnish designers such as Alvar Aalto and Markku Sale. As the architects said, the visiting experience is more than just observing art within a dedicated space. It is an embrace of landscape, art and architecture, linked to the new sauna space that expands this experience to a more sensitive local scale. Bakanen, who served as lead designer and Finnish architectural partner on the project, says that after examining the sauna process, the team built openings in the landscape to blend the materials with the surroundings.
The complex of buildings, meticulously embedded in the landscaped garden, rises from the slope as grooved concrete walls and opens towards the lake where light oak fills have been built. Concealment of construction technology, common edging and structures required by our challenging climate, and extensions of materials has challenged the skills of both the design team and builders to the max,” He says.
Images provided by Serlachius Museums | All Photos Mark Goodwin aerial photography
Wood and concrete art sauna details
Museums of SirlatiusArt Sauna starts with the concrete and boxy structure of the exterior. The harsh tone of the design fades away with the warm light and wooden pool inside, along with glasses that showcase the bountiful space for visitors. The wooden doors rotate rather than close to create a meandering atmosphere, and hidden corners hide the seating, a nod to stop and sit on the architecture for a while. The interior design embodies a dialogue between art, landscape and architecture where tone and wood materials give the surfaces an alternating rhythm: the arched vaults of the oak lobby ceiling soften the straight lines of the stone finishes.
The building’s design leads the sauna visitor on a journey characterized by light, nature and art. The sauna hides on the slope that slopes towards the shore of the lake, and a continuum of inclined grooves sets the rhythm of the building’s concrete surface. A round steam room awaits you at the end of the journey. Made of thermal aspen the surface of which shimmers in various shades of brown, the sauna benches in the steam room reach the ceiling and create a peaceful atmosphere. Instead of a rectangular design, the architects chose a round-shaped steam room as an invitation to encourage a social environment.
Steam room entrance
Commissioned works along space
As art appears in the facilities elements of the sauna, it is not surprising that Satu Rautiainen’s extensive work was commissioned Bird drinking place (2022) decorates the lobby wall. The theme of the work is also repeated in the sauna textiles designed by Rautiainen, and the artwork for the lobby was created by Anni Rapinoja and Jussi Goman. In the shower rooms, one might notice the saunas created by Eric o. W. Ehrtrum. Art is also visible outdoors such as Tuula Lehtinen’s mosaic work titled embrace (2022), among others.
Antrei Hartikainen’s imprint can be seen in the shapes of the Bastone sideboard as well as in shovels and sauna buckets, which Hartikainen designed for Serlachius Art Sauna. Art Sauna nominated in Serlachius Museums for 2022 Finland Architecture AwardThe winner will be chosen by Finnish film director Klaus Haaru and will be announced on October 3, 2022.
The interior is made of concrete and wood
The path to the sauna