here’s some more local (for me anyway) architecture. A new day spa attached to a privately owned historic building Military facility from the 1880’s. It’s buy Meter Arkitekten which are based in Gothenberg but this project is on the east coast just down from Sundsvall at Gävle, Norrlandet. The site is at Tomtebo (near Galve), a peninsula on the Baltic Sea with beautiful pine and spruce forests.
A new entrance was created on the land side with a new road, house boats, cars and tractors. In the main new building baths, rooms for guests and entertainment are all located on a ridge in the forest, perpendicular to the main building. The facility is organized with a clear distinction between one side to the forest and to the sea. The new facility sits snugly into the forest with the existing disused military facility secretly intact beneath (see the section).
The program is divided into smaller units, like a collection of forest cabins that walk down to the sauna and to the horizon due east. The new construction has a frame of 190 mm rough sawn timber laminated arches, 19 of these single storey-high discs placed in a module of 2.4 meters in bathing-length direction – Creating a 60 meter long shaft connecting all the rooms.
I really like this facility, with the use of so much timber it appears warm even with this rigid, pure geometry.