In summer 2007, Blue traveled to Fiskars, Finland and experienced the handcrafted Finnish sauna. Situated in the most serene setting of the village-- on the tip of a narrow tree lined peninsula and behold an expansive lake view of crystal clear water, the Fiskars village Sauna combines the pride of traditional Finnish design, hand-craft and peaceful communal living. Villagers collaborate in the making, heating and maintenance of the Sauna, which is heated regularly during the winter months and most holidays.
The Moon Sauna at Golden Rod Farm is inspired by the Finnish Sauna design. Its unique circular design differs from the traditional rectangular sauna structure. The curvilinear exterior form and interior fixtures echo with the organic contour of the small lake that the Sauna sits by. The softened planes and spaces enhance the welcoming aura of the hand-made wooden structure.
Each detail and aspect of the sauna is designed to respond to the natural surroundings and to enable a warm and cleansing experience for the guests, from the slim horizontal window that provides both privacy and a beautiful view of the woods, to solar charged lighting that eliminates the need for electricity. The redwood scrap block light fixture projects cone shaped lights downwards and add a orange-warm essence to the sauna space. "It keeps you warm for days, it brings sunshine during the endless gray and snowy days of the northern land."