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Löyly by Avanto Architects

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This stunning wooden building is half-sauna and half-restaurant. Located in Helsinki, Finland it truly is the perfect hang out place this summer.

By Henrik Malmberg | Architecture | 2016-07-07

Sauna bathing is an essential part of Finnish culture and national identity. There are only 5,4 million Finns but 3,3 million saunas. Public saunas used to be common in bigger cities but now that most new apartments have sauna of their own, public saunas have decreased dramatically in number. With Löyly (meaning the steam that comes when you throw water on hot stones in a sauna) Helsinki will offer one of the coolest saunas and at the same time, one of the best spots to hang out and grab a beer with your friends.

The building consists of two parts: public saunas and a restaurant. The saunas and public spaces open up to the sea, with interesting views to city center and even to the open sea. The architects at Avanto Architects, the masterminds behind this masterpiece, had quiet the simple idea architectual wise: there is a rectangular black box containing the warm spaces that is covered with a free form wooden "cloak". Instead of being mere decoration, the sculptural structure made of heat treated pine has several functions. It provides people with visual privacy. However, the lamellas don't limit the sea view from inside it, rather they function like venetian blinds and blocking the views from outside.

All of a sudden Helisinki skipped a few spots on the list of places to visit this summer.

Photos: Kuvio.com