A Timber-Clad Sauna in Chile Angles For Lakeside Views

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By Anna Jones
In the Los Lagos district of Chile, hovering over a dark granite rock overlooking the lake, is Sauna Ranco, a simple refuge nestled in the cypress trees.

Designed by Panorama, the structure takes a modified rectangular form; its three distinct volumes are connected by a continuous walkway. The sauna, covered terrace, and changing room are intentionally rotated away from each other to provide strategically framed views of the landscape. The design is sensitive to the landscape and the structure's surroundings, allowing the user to experience nature from various perspectives as they traverse the three volumes. 

Robust enough to withstand the harsh climate, the exterior is wrapped in an oak wood that will grow gray over time, similar to the original buildings of the area. In addition, the gray tones will help the structure blend in with the rocks and the silver of the lake as it becomes one with the natural surroundings. 

Warm interiors, clad in Alamo cottonwood, are simple and minimal, allowing the focus to fall on the experience of nature.

A Timber-Clad Sauna in Chile Angles For Lakeside Views - Photo 1 of 9 -
A Timber-Clad Sauna in Chile Angles For Lakeside Views - Photo 2 of 9 - The three volumes bend and fold as they hover above the rock landscape. 

The three volumes bend and fold as they hover above the rock landscape. 

A Timber-Clad Sauna in Chile Angles For Lakeside Views - Photo 3 of 9 - Supported on steel supports, the volumes appear to float above the rocks, allowing the natural systems to remain, while blending in between the sky and the ground. 

Supported on steel supports, the volumes appear to float above the rocks, allowing the natural systems to remain, while blending in between the sky and the ground. 

A Timber-Clad Sauna in Chile Angles For Lakeside Views - Photo 4 of 9 - As the user passes between each volume, views modify with movement and angles. 

As the user passes between each volume, views modify with movement and angles. 

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