If you're someone who dreads the winter cold, brace yourself for a massive hit of envy--one lucky Canadian is the owner of this gorgeous Grotto Sauna, a private sculpted space that boasts a stunning wooden interior and gorgeous views of Lake Huron. Perched atop the private San Souci Island in Toronto, the Grotto Sauna was designed by Canadian studio PARTISANS. The 800-square-foot freestanding sauna carefully sits on the island's prehistoric rock formations and overlooks uninterrupted views of horizon as well as one of the best sunsets in the world as ranked by National Geographic.
To minimize disturbance of the age-old rock, PARTISANS used a Leica 3D scanner to create a site model before working on the freestanding sauna design. After running through several design schemes, the team settled on a concept with a sensual and curvaceous wooden interior clad in cedar timber, that’s contrasted by a modest and simple exterior. The sculpted interior was created with locally sourced cedar timber with parallel grains, a material selected for its warm and aromatic features, quality, and resistance to rot.
The Grotto Sauna was also designed to be energy efficient. The airtight structure is wrapped in insulation and a layer of energy efficient aluminum foil, which creates a “convective air plenum” between the internal wood walls and the space on which the structure is mounted. The round openings were locally fabricated with double and triple glazed high efficiency annealed glass. Vents and fans were installed to increase the structure’s breathability and to prevent rot.
Images via PARTISANS