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 design process was to consider the difficulty involved in transporting building materials to the site, as well as the relatively limited pool of affordable skilled labor in the area. As a consequence, the pavilion was conceived as a box that could be easily assembled by the clients, with 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 of construction, lower costs, and ease of construction. Instead of using round logs, the pavilion consists of a series of stacked 2x6 lumber which 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: 2016-