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Sauna Construction Details: Examples of Small-Scale Wooden Architecture

Due to its specific characteristics, the architecture of the sauna is interesting because it gives us lessons related to efficiency and the beauty of simplicity. These are generally very basic structures with a clear function, created to contain different levels of heat and humidity. Thanks to this steam bath, people can release toxins and improve their blood circulation. In addition, they are widely used in cold climates, in close proximity to nature and utilizing the presence of water.

To function, these normally airtight spaces contain a series of internal benches with different dimensions and a heat source that must reach temperatures between 80 and 90°C, including, if necessary, a chimney to expel the smoke. Wood is the material par excellence for saunas, using in most cases native species that maintain their rustic appearance and natural texture. Next, we review 9 saunas designed by architects, including some of their construction details.

21 Detailed Construction Sections for Wood Structures

Wood is one of the oldest materials that man has used to build their homes and take refuge from the weather. Wood does not only fulfill a structural function -being highly resistant to earthquakes-, but it also provides interior thermal comfort, as well as adding a warm look and feel to a building, while easily adapting to natural environments.

Below find 21 construction sections for wood structures using the material in incredible ways.

R House / PANORAMA

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Puchuncavi, Chile
  • Architects: PANORAMA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  240
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Hansgrohe, AGB, BTicino, Duravit, Osmo, +7

Izakaya Singer / Panorama

© Ng Siu Fung© Ng Siu Fung© Ng Siu Fung© Ng Siu Fung+ 12

Shenzhen, China
  • Architects: Panorama
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  340
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012

Sauna in Ranco / Panorama Arquitectos

© Panorama© Panorama© Panorama© Panorama+ 20

Río Bueno, Chile
  • Architects: Panorama
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  30
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009