grass-covered sauna by noa* emerges from the valley landscape in italy
 

 

 

set in the passiria valley in northern italy, the ‘applesauna’ is an extension to an existing hotel conceived by noa* network of architecture. directly influenced by its apple-tree surroundings, the sauna and wellness area abstractly follows the cycle of the apple throughout the year: bloom, harvest, refinement and repose.

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the sauna is located in saltaus in the passiria valley in northern italy
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the response by noa* blends harmoniously into its landscape and serves as an extension to the garden. visualized as a grass-covered hill, the sauna beckons visitors into its intimate and serene interior. the earth-colored concrete walls pursue the lines of the wooden slats of the sauna benches and highlight the sloped form. concrete lamps form the lighting of the interior and further highlight the use of natural materials in the rounded arrangement. the spa area is comprised of a sauna with changing rooms and a shower on one floor, meanwhile the relaxing space on the lower floor features a large window to allow a constant viewing of the surrounding apple trees.

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the lower ground sauna looks out towards the greenery

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 earth-colored concrete walls and timber benches are used

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the applesauna and the wellness area is part of a farm ensemble – surrounded by numerous apple trees and nature

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the key concept of the design was the cycle of the apple throughout the year

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