Architecture

Sauna overlooking the Stockholm archipelago

Sauna with view, Sauna R Matteo Foresti
Sauna overlooking the Stockholm archipelago it has been modified: 2019-11-13 di Benedict Flowers

A sauna with a view designed by the Italian architect Matteo Foresti, the "sauna R" is located in the heart of Stockholm. A singular realization for its placement and for its simple and essential structure.

It is completely isolated from the city world and is entirely immersed in Swedish nature, its original appearance conveys a certain sense of restlessness accentuated by the black granite that covers three of the four faces of the parallelepiped. Only the main facade is completely glazed and suggests the designer's idea of ​​creating an antithetical and suggestive structure. The idea is probably to offer a sense of closure on the secondary facades in contrast to the feeling of openness towards the panorama.

Sauna R Matteo Foresti

Sensation obtained through the creation of a full-height sliding window in the main facade. This same window, in addition to ensuring the perfect visibility of the panorama, plays a fundamental role during the night. The building appears like a lighthouse: the restlessness of the black room is transformed into a warm and welcoming space thanks to the internal lighting.

Sauna R: a sauna with a unique view and equipped with all comforts

The R sauna is a luxurious one refuge located in the Swedish mountains. A place to spend hours of complete relaxation and perfect for nature lovers.

Clad in black granite and dark wood, despite its small size and minimal furnishings, it is able to offer all the necessary services. The rear part consists of a rather thick wall that contains a small kitchen, hidden behind sliding doors, and a bathroom, where the only light source is a skylight.

Inside, too, a sense of darkness prevails. The predominant color is black, alternating with various shades of gray and lightened by the material used. These are mainly marble tiles with particular white-gray veins.

Sauna R Matteo Foresti

The interior furnishings are very basic and limited in number. These too are treated with various shades of gray to adapt perfectly to the space and take on minimal shapes to accentuate the absolute search for simplicity.

The shower is very impressive. Also completely covered in black, with a black finish is also the taps, it seems to have been embedded in the masonry and it is here that the skylight of the bathroom is placed halfway up.

This is positioned so that it is not visible and illuminates the lower part of the shower. Particular is the luminous play that is created and its contrast with the black of the walls.

Sauna R is a structure of great impact that stands out oxymorically within a natural environment, where the only point of contact is the desire for openness towards the Swedish landscape.

Architecture Firm: Matteo Foresti
Construction company: Lindblad & partners
Landscape architet: Torsten Wallin - WSP
Engineer: KE gruppen AB
Carpenter: Jiwes Modell & Snickeri
Ventilation: DC vent AB
Plumber: Ericsson & Holmstedt VVS
El: Pernolds El AB
photography: Joao Morgado

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