The Mill House
By Wingårdhs (2000)
"This house is a manifestation of the Swedish ritual of sauna and bathing. It is an annex to a large old farm in the countryside of southern Sweden, converted into a vacation house for a family from the nearby city of Malmö. Apart from the sauna and attendant spaces for undressing, washing and relaxing, the Mill House is also a small dwelling. The traditional rite of sauna involves baking together and dashing out for an invigorating dip in a cold stream. The meagre creek on the property was insufficient for the purpose, however, so a small pool was built adjacent to the sauna. The exposed construction demanded carpentry of unusual excellence."
This is a beautiful combination of Scandinavian and Japanese Tea House aesthetics. The exposed construction adds a rustic texture that helps tie the modern design to the site. Plus, the fallen leaves in the photos help tell a story of place.