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Finnish Beauty

Löyly, Helsinki (FI)

In the Finnish capital, an interesting concept featuring a sauna and expansive terraces has added a new dimension to Helsinki’s urban landscape.

There are over three million saunas in Finland – an incredible number for a country with just 5.4 million inhabitants. However, the vast majority of them are not open to the public, but instead found in people’s homes. An exceptionally atmospheric public counterpoint now adorns the Helsinki coastline in the former industrial area of Hernesaari.

A natural ageing process

The special location right at the water meant that the structure had to be weatherproof. Therefore, black concrete, steel, pine, birch and other durable, hard-wearing materials were used when constructing the sauna. The public sauna’s bright wooden shell is still defying the changeable weather conditions. However, the cold and long Nordic winter will soon turn the façade grey, upon which Löyly will become one with its natural surroundings – just as the architecture firm Avanto had envisaged when planning the building.

Incidentally, Löyly owes its unusual name to the steam that forms when water is poured over the hot sauna stones.

Geberit Know-how

The Ido Seven D WC ceramic appliances fit perfectly with the sauna’s minimalist Nordic style. The wall-hung WC excels from a hygiene perspective: the applied ceramic glaze prevents dirt and bacteria from building up. Thanks to the QuickRelease function, the WC seat and lid can be easily removed for cleaning.