native narrative clads mobile scandinavian sauna in warm pine and black-painted spruce 

native narrative clads mobile scandinavian sauna in warm pine and black-painted spruce 

a cave-like interior fosters relaxation and therapy

 

Danish architecture firm Native Narrative, in collaboration with its sister company Scandinavian Sauna, has crafted a cavernous mobile sauna that offers a tranquil retreat for relaxation, meditation, and therapy. Designed for use by a psychotherapist and their clients, the compact 4.4 square meter structure sits nestled in a private woodland north of Copenhagen in dialogue with its natural context. Its exterior is clad in warm pine, destined to age naturally into a silver-grey shade within a year, and seamlessly blending with the forest setting. Within, the sauna’s minimalist, non-toxic, black-painted Scandinavian spruce interior forms the heart of the design concept, in contrast with the lighter untreated Aspen timber furniture details

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all images by Jakob Gate

 

 

native narrative roots the sauna in its natural context

 

For the team at Native Narrative, led by architect Jakob Gate, mobility is a key feature, with the sauna constructed on a custom-made, EU-type approved trailer which allows for easy transportation and placement in sensitive locations without extensive planning permissions. Its mobility further extends to its remote functionality, enabling it to be switched on via a mobile app or a concealed touch screen behind the cladding.

 

Within the Scandinavian Sauna, all components have been created from sustainable and fully certified timber. The floor is treated with a durable, waterproof paint, ensuring resilience and longevity, while the furniture is constructed from Aspen timber, chosen for its cool touch against the skin to enhance user comfort. Integrated stepped seating and a panoramic window elevate the immersive experience by offering visitors secluded, scenic views of the client’s private forest. Further, the visually reduced interior accentuates the prominence of the exterior view, enhanced by the glass door which adds visibility and light, creating a seamless connection with the surroundings.

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in 6-12 months the thermo-treated pine cladding becomes a silver-grey tone

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the mobile sauna

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electrical box factory-coated in the same RAL tone as the roof and the bespoke trailer

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the visually reduced interior accentuates the views of the outdoors

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oven by Harvia

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benches made of Aspen timber feel cold to touch against the skin

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black-painted Scandinavian spruce forms the heart of the interior design concept

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the glass door infuses visibility and light into the cave-like interior

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the sauna can be remotely switched on from a mobile app or from a touch screen hidden behind the cladding

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all components have been created from sustainable and fully certified timber

 

 

project info:

 

name: Scandinavian Sauna

architecture: Native Narrative

lead architect: Jakob Gate

project leader: Cecilie Wang, Marlene Kyed

photography: Jakob Gate

 

 

 

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edited by: ravail khan | designboom

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