Kyly, an old Karelian word meaning sauna, is Ville Hara and Anu Puustinen's modern interpretation of the traditional Nordic spa.
Hara and Puustinen, partners at Helsinki-based firm Avanto Architects, designed the spa as entry for the Habitare competition for young architects and designers. Made from massive logs, the spa provides the setting for the favorite Finnish pastimes of washing in the furo bath, cooling off, and basking in the heat.
Above: The sauna's composition is made up of several joined spaces—a relaxation area, shower, furo bath, and fire.
Above: The bathing area and sauna are separated by a glass wall and door.
Above: The scent, texture, and acoustics of the wood create, as Hara and Puustinen say, "a strong atmosphere—a calm wooden nest."
Above: Dark gray towels and robes hang on wooden pegs at the entrance of the spa.
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