This compact structure will serve as an outdoor sauna, providing an environment for relaxation and contemplation in a secluded wooded area. One of the major constraints of the project considered was the difficulty involved in transporting building materials to the site, as well as the relatively limited pool of affordable skilled labor available. As a consequence, the pavilion was conceived as an element that could be easily assembled on-site by the clients, who had minimal building abilities or previous construction experience. The proposal was inspired in a wood joinery technique called butt-and-pass, a method for building log cabins promoted by Skip Ellsworth in the 1970s, which provided speed, lower costs, and ease of construction. In this case, instead of using round logs, stacked 2x6 structural lumber produces an alternating play of solid and void, resembling a screen or a veil that blends the architecture with the surrounding trees and vegetation. 


Type: Pavilion Area:  75 sf Team: Julián Palacio, AIA; Sean Baccei; Hana Svatos; Shawn Wang Year: 2017