THE FIRST TIME I visited Lusthoone Farm, the old (converted) smoke sauna seemed like a lone little hut off in a field. The owners wanted it to have a partner. They didn’t want a separate new structure that might leave the old-fashioned building even more forlorn, and thus they developed the idea to build an addition and a superstructure, packaging both saunas in the same shell.
I WAS INSPIRED by the Lusthoone’s interwar era farmhouse, which with its rolled sheet metal and ribbed look was a compelling player. Since I myself am an avid sauna-goer, I was able to suggest impressions of places I have been to. The empty atrium area between the two saunas integrates the buildings, landscape and even the sky into a whole. Most people go to the sauna in the evenings and the starry sky overhead or a beautiful sunset are part of the charm of the experience. The walls and the roof over the terrace have diamond-shaped openings through which one can gaze up at the universe.