In these cold days of summer, a hot place is a must.
The Grotto Sauna perched at the north-west edge of a private island in Toronto,
Canada is not only a cool place to relax, but also has a beautiful smooth
design. The 800-square-foot freestanding sauna carefully sits on the island's
prehistoric rock formations.
The builders are the PARTISANS. They’ve
selected a concept of solid, simple presence on the exterior, while the
interior followed dynamic air movements in curvature forms.
To minimize disturbance of the age-old rock, PARTISANS used a Leica 3D
scanner to create a site model before working on the freestanding sauna design.
For the last 10 years, artist Ra Paulette carved a sandstone cave in New
Paulette created different designs and styles for every cavern, giving
each one very specific qualities and textures. He carved over 14 different caves in the desert outside of
No two of Paulette's caves are alike. Some feature under-size doors or
skylights that let the sun in, while other include benches carved into the wall.
The walls are also decorated with designs from flowers to abstract formes.
The purpose of this gigantic artwork is to create an environment that
would inspire “spiritual renewal and personal well being.” It will also serve
as a venue for artistic events once it’s finished.
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