Löyly is the Finnish word for the steam that rises up when water is poured over hot sauna rocks—it's also the apt name of a stylish spa located in southeast Portland, Oregon.
Owner Jessica Kelso was inspired by the sauna culture of Scandinavia when she created Löyly; working with architect Brendon Farrell, Kelso created a serene sanctuary featuring a polished concrete floor, simple red lockers, and stainless sinks. Prices are reasonable, massages and facials are available by appointment, and there's a tiny adjacent bar offering tea as well as wine and beer; go to Löyly for more information.
Above: Bare bulb pendant lights and benches made from compacted plywood in the dressing area.
Above: Repeating circular mirrors and sconces over an industrial trough sink.
Above: An open-air rinse-off shower outside the saunas. Löyly's motto is "Better living through radiance!"
Above L: The industrial shower fixture mimics a rain shower. Above R: Reminders to relax are painted along the hallway walls.
Above L: Rediscovered basics: red lockers and a galvanized tin trash can. Above R: Dr. Hauschka skin care products are used in treatments, and add ons, such as face masks and body salts, are available for sauna visitors.
Above: Facilities include a cedar sauna (shown), wet steam room, relaxation area, showers, and a locker room.
Above: Locker padlocks and bench seating in the relaxation area.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on August 2, 2010.