Murman Arkitekter created this timber-clad sauna for a seaside home on the Stockholm archipelago. The sauna has two wings which gradually fold out toward the Baltic Sea, allowing it to soak up the warmth of the evening sun. Called the Brenner Sauna, the entire structure is encased in locally-sourced pine with floor-to-ceiling glazing on the face of the building to guide viewers to the breathtaking ocean view and to allow the sun to penetrate the interior.
Brenner Sauna sits on a jetty in Saltsjobaden, a Swedish resort town founded in the 1890s by a politician and banker named Knut Agathon Wallenberg. The sauna’s shaped was inspired by a public bathhouse in Saltsjobaden, which was designed by Torben Grut, the architect who also designed the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Stadium. “The shape of the plan is found in the main building and also in the bathhouse in Saltsjöbaden,” said Murman.
The building was also inspired by the local topography and conditions. The clients wanted something that blended in with the seaside but that also took advantage of the evening sun over the water. The result is a 3-part building with two angled wings and a center that joins them.
The roof and rear of the building was clad in local pine using the technique knows as Faltak, a traditional Swedish technique for laying wood. The front of the building was clad in the same pine, but in a square, overlapping pattern instead. The wood was then stained using an iron sulphate treatment to help it blend in with the surrounding environment. The interior houses a kitchenette, a bathroom, a sitting room and the sauna itself.