A stint in a sauna rumored to have myriad benefits from the social and heath standpoints and if you've considered building one of your own, here are five examples from the Dwell archive. For more modern sauna design ideas, pick up a copy of our Bath & Spa special issue.
At architect Jürgen Kiehl's house in Norway, the sauna door handle is a simple piece of driftwood. “One principle rule I followed,” says Kiehl, “was: Don’t build on outdoor space if it can work as outdoor living space. Norwegian summers are short. We want to be outdoors as much as possible.” Photo by: Pia Ullin