Design: Spring 2016
Construction debut: July 2016
Completion date: December 2016
Area: 260 sqf.
Amid one of the most sought after regions of Alberta, contemplating the range that borders the Waterton National Park, the site for this project, pure and spectacular, was a main element to influence the design. The command was relatively simple: create a standalone building for a sauna that would blend in the natural environment and where the bathers could enjoy the views of the mountains in their full breadth. There should also be a private space for changing and a room for relaxation and contemplating.
The building is thus oriented towards the mountains and the openings, a fixed window for the stove room and a folding door for the parlor, offer the best views of the numerous peaks. Another driver for the design was the wind, as gusts blow with fierce in this area. For this reason the eaves are absent and the covered outdoor area can be closed by a panel that hinges on the northwest wall and protects from the prevailing winds when open.
The materials have been chosen so the building does not distract from the background and use a language that respects the elements present in the landscape. They also have been kept to a minimum: concrete panels, bare steel and fir for the outside, concrete, fir and cedar for the inside.