Avanto Architects’ competition entry ´Kyly` won Habitare 09 Sauna design competition for young architects and designers. The project was selected among the twelve most interesting exhibits in the design fair by interior journalists. Kyly was also selected “best in show” as Forum magazine judged the sauna to be this year’s best innovation at Habitare.
Sauna is an important place for Finns: not just a place for washing, but an opportunity for relaxation and personal reflection. Built of massive wood, this space provides a setting for almost ritualistic sauna bathing and highlights its various stages: undressing, enjoying the heat, washing and cooling off.
Kyly is an old Karelian word and means sauna or bathing. Kyly sauna is built by simply laying massive logs over each other on a plot five by six meters resulting in an intimate composition of several spaces. Using a massive structure binds a lot of carbon dioxide. Moreover the structure is easy to dismantle and to put up again for future use. Kyly is a modern interpretation of a traditional log sauna.
The sequence of spaces starts by stepping two steps away from the surroundings and entering an enclosed dressing room. A shower space is set one step further. The most intimate space is uppermost – the sauna. There is also a furo bath and an area for a fire. A rich composition of spaces is created with very simple means. The smell, texture and acoustic properties of massive wood create a strong atmosphere – a calm wooden nest.
Architect: Avanto Architects / Ville Hara and Anu Puustinen
Consultant of construction: Kari Virtanen, cabinet maker
Assistants: Asami Naito, arch. student | Jonna Käppi architect
Sponsors: Rantasalmi Oy | Helsingin Projektitoteutus Oy | Oras Oy | Lasina | Lameco Oy | Liuski Timber Oy | Lapuan Kankurit Oy | Oy Rakennuspartio | Stora Enso
Size: 30 smq
Photographer: Kai Kuusisto
Sauna design competition, Habitare 2009, Helsinki Furniture Fair
Forum +1 Award for best new product at Habitare 2009
Journalists’ 12 best at Habitare 2009