Grotto Sauna on Georgian Bay, Canada

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Grotto Sauna on Georgian Bay

Canadian Architectural Development – design by Partisans, Architects

27 Jan 2016

Grotto Sauna on Georgian Bay, Canada

Design: Partisans

Location: Ontario, Canada

Grotto Sauna Freestanding Residential Sauna

Grotto Sauna

Prefabrication & Assembly
Perched at the edge of a stunning rock island, in the harsh conditions of Northern Ontario, Canada, the sauna pushes Architecture to the limits of imagination and buildability.

Grotto Sauna on Georgian Bay, Canada

Grotto Sauna Georgian Bay, Canada

A crystalline, charred-black cedar ‘box’ nestles into the rock, hovering at the water’s edge, masking a sensuous, curvaceous “grotto” inside. This is an Architecture of discovery, wonder and delight.

Grotto Sauna

The sculptural interior is accomplished only by combining the most advanced computer modeling and CNC fabrication with old-world, European hand-craftsmanship. It is this exploratory and pioneering spirit that drives our firm.

Grotto Sauna

Prefabrication & Site
Underlying the technical achievements of the project is the architectural poetry of the space, fusing the intimate ritual of the sauna (heat, steam, rock and body), with the ruggedness and beauty of the Canadian landscape.

Grotto Sauna

The building is a sophisticated exercise in building science, prefabrication and ecology. The building faces extreme conditions throughout the year (icebergs in winter, a watershed condition in summer, intense interior heat and humidity) – necessitating a high performance envelope.

Grotto Sauna

Grotto Sauna

With the only access to the island by water, the entire project had to be built off-site requiring a sophisticated structural system and assembling method.

Grotto Sauna

Furthermore, the building slots into the rock, its form following the rocky terrain, working with the landscape rather than against it.

Grotto Sauna

Grotto Sauna Georgian Bay, Canada images / information from Partisans

Location:Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada




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