Smells like sauna

Emerging young architects with new innovative, genuine and environmentally friendly ideas keep popping up like mushrooms in a rain. Here, a true sweetspot for most of us finns – a sauna called Kyly by Avanto Architechts. We would like to splash a little!

Avanto architects received Forum’s +1 Award for best new product at Habitare. The award is presented every year by Forum, Magazine for Scandinavian Architecture, Interiors and Design for the most exciting innovation of the year at Habitare in September, and at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February.

Kyly is an old Karelian word and means sauna or bathing. The competition entry for Habitare 09 design competition 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 ballyhoo of 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.


Avanto Architects was founded in 2004 when Anu Puustinen and Ville Hara (both born in 1974) won a competition for a cemetary chapel in Vantaa outside of Helsinki, Finland. Since then Avanto has established themselves as one of the leading younger practises in Finland with a number of projects, ranging form single family houses to urban planning to their merit.


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