ISSUE 92  |  Happier at Home

A Finnish Spa by Way of Portland, OR

October 01, 2013 5:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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.

For more sauna inspiration, see A Modern Spa in Finland. And explore how you can bring the aesthetic home at 10 Architect-Designed Spa Bathrooms.