Norwegian design-build firm Massiv Lust AS has recently completed construction on a tiny wooden bathhouse nestled on an island near Olso, Norway. The exterior is clad in Kebony wood, a sustainable and more durable alternative to typical hardwood that is produced from liquid extracted from biowaste. The miniature bathhouse also boasts a curved facade with unevenly stacked planks of varying widths to give the structure a contemporary and earthy look.
As a design-build firm, Massiv Lust AS is comprised of both an architecture office and a small cross-laminated timber factory located in Luster, Norway. Since most of their projects are constructed in-house, the designers strive to work with locally sourced material and vendors. The use of Kebony wood cladding, for instance, was partly motivated by the close proximity of the Kebony factory.
Slightly larger than 100 square-feet, the interior of the tiny wooden bathhouse consists of locally milled oak planks, a shower, and waterproof medium density fiberboard furniture. The structure is topped with a glass ceiling that brings in copious amounts of natural light and offers stunning views up towards the surrounding forest canopy. Since the small island is inaccessible by car, the building was prefabricated offsite and then airlifted onto the island and assembled by a local carpenter.