by Christine Chang Hanway
In Scandinavia, the ritual of sauna and bathing is a national pastime—a highly social and communal one, we might add.
How could it not be? Sitting together intimately in close quarters, conversing about everything and nothing, followed by a quick group dip into an invigorating cold body of water. Repeat several times, have a nightcap, and start over again the next day. Join us on a tour of an exemplary spa structure by Windgardhs.
Photographs via Windgardhs, unless otherwise noted.
Above: Annexed to an old farm in the countryside of Västra Karup, Sweden, the Mill House and its pool were designed by Swedish architecture firm Windgardhs, commissioned by a family from the nearby city of Malmö.
Above: A succession of woven willow screens creates a path to the Mill House.
Above: The sauna pavilion features an indoor/outdoor feel; photograph via Man Make Home.
Above: The Mill House serves as a guest house to the main farmhouse; image via Coester.
Above: Natural daylight connects the sauna to the exterior.
Above: The guest house and sauna are nestled into the landscape.
For more spa inspiration, see Outbuilding of the Week: An Island Cabin, Sauna Included.