Floor-to-ceiling glazing lines the rear common room, incorporating sliding doors that lead out onto a sheltered terrace. On either side of the common room lie the male and female saunas, located close to stairs to provide easy access to the water. Sunbeds on the terraces and the stairs descending into the water have been oriented to receive as much sunlight as possible while providing shelter from the wind.
The enticement lies in the fact that it isn't a traditional romantic ‘gingerbread’ bathhouse.Sven Gustafsson, Project Architect
The large doors at the entrance are the only heritage-inspired elements, reminiscent of local barn typology.
The bathhouse’s distinctive geometric external surfaces are clad in timber panels. These have been treated with a grey-pigmented oil to protect and gradually reveal the wood’s natural patina. The dark hue of the exterior matches the rocks that line the shore, while inside untreated wood has been used throughout to lend warmth and tactility.
Short guide to the kallbadhus
1. Remove clothing to be at one with nature.
2. Relax and soothe tired muscles in the sweltering heat of the sauna.
3. Plunge into the cold waters, fully immersing yourself to boost circulation.
4. Enjoy feelings of euphoria and the wild beauty of the landscape.
5. Repeat process until mind and body are reinvigorated.