Surrounded by towering trees and a lake whose mirrored surface captures the reflections of the clouds, this wellness sauna and restaurant in Ahtari, Finland sounds like a pretty good place to visit right now. Designed by Studio Puisto, the buildings within the complex are centred around a large, terraced walkway where regular events are hosted against the backdrop of the still waters of the lake. Whether summer or winter, days can be spent at the spa where two sides – the restaurant and saunas – exist harmoniously, each feeding off the other.
Taking the ritualistic history of the family sauna, Studio Puisto interpreted the intimacy and communal aspects of the experience and created a place large enough for the whole community to enjoy. The retreat is monochromatically themed, with the restaurant styled in white and cream tones versus the burnt charcoal beauty of the saunas. These saunas offer two experiences: first, a public, shared experience with neighbors, friends, and family in the large communal space. Second, intimate private saunas for a more insular experience. The handsome black wood pops against the surrounding woodland, providing guests with a sauna experience unlike most. Check out the dreamy images below.