Munich-based design firm Jeschke Architektur&Planung recently completed the Jordanbad Sauna Village, a cluster of modern saunas in Biberach, Germany, designed to look as good as they make you feel. Clad in timber, the beautiful gabled huts feature large glazed end-walls that overlook the adjacent pond and forested landscape. The saunas are lit by indirect LEDs and are powered by a combined heat and power (CHP) unit that generates electricity and heat through the capture of recycled waste energy.
The Jordanbad Sauna Village was built to replace a former set of sauna huts built from logs. Since the client wanted the new structures to be built from a longer lasting material, the architects settled on concrete for the base construction. Long-lasting Robinia wood slats clad the exterior, while different timber materials and finishes are used inside each sauna.
The sauna village comprises a large infusion “Aroma” sauna for up to 120 people, an herbal sauna, and a fireplace sauna. The shower facilities are located in a separate building. The buildings are arranged around a large tree and overlook the pond and sun deck with built-in warm and cold basins. All the saunas and outdoor spaces are lit by indirect LEDs. The village is powered with a cost-saving CHP unit that covers all the electricity and heating demands. The saunas are heated with the CHP’s recycled exhaust gases—no solid fuels necessary.
“The design style of the sauna village is a contemporary architectural language—free of kitsch—creating rich extraordinary experiences for the visitors by careful use of space and form, light and material—inside and outside,” write the architects. “Inside, each sauna has its own individual atmosphere – with carefully chosen views into various parts of the garden, landscape and pond through large panorama windows.”
Images via Jeschke Architektur&Planung, by Christina Jeschke and Sandra Wolf