Lusthoone Sauna


Peeter Pere

Project team

Peeter Pere, Eva Kedelauk


Põlli Village, Märjamaa Parish, Raplamaa County


232 m2


Completed, 2017




Interior Architecture, Public Projects


Residential, Refurbished

The Lusthoone („fun house“) Sauna is part of a farm complex in Western Estonia. The complex is a set of buildings from various eras with its heart formed by a sturdy mansion with a glass veranda and mansard roof built from late 1930s. The complex also includes a garner, barn, shed, outdoor kitchen, garden pavilion, pump house, apple trees, berry bushes, potato field. The tiny sauna was originally standing somewhat separately from rest of the farm complex.
The old sauna with its modern annex set out to be as striking as possible and during the design process the architects had almost limitless freedom to express themselves. This produced several initial possibilities, including a tower-like annex, from which this solution was chosen – the new building hugs the historic structure. The materials generate a comprehensive whole with the form that does not lack the characteristic features of a sculpture.

This solution is derived from the historic structure, a disconnected addition was considered clumsy so the solution where the old and the new are wrapped together seemed the best. The new wing houses a modern sauna as the old structure has been converted into a household utility space. In-between the structures is a terrace that connects the two and frames the landscapes around them – natural and man-made environments become one.

The choice of sheet metal is not the most common for such buildings, but it works well with the striking forms of the structure. The sheet metal is accompanied by wood and concrete. The interior design is extremely minimalistic and austere – one might associate this with primal unpretentiousness of taking a sauna. At the same time through such architecture something small and mundane is immediately rendered special. Chromium-plated tubular steel, metal and glass surfaces are used in the interior. Another aspect that has seen thorough planning is the use of light – many of the joints, corners and edges are equipped with lights and the walls and ceiling have several cut-outs.