RINTALA EGGERTSSON ARCHITECTS

FOGO SPA

Newfoundland, Canada
Sauna
Completed 2013

The Fogo Island spa is specially designed on top of the acclaimed Fogo Island Inn designed by Canadian architect Todd Saunders. The task was to offer the guests an intimate meeting with the nature of the island with hot water therapy and relaxation in combination with an uninterrupted view of the surrounding landscape.

High temperature exposure is an archaic body-mind treatment which the people of the north have developed through hundreds of years. The harsh climate has imposed strict limitations on life and activities in nature and made it necessary to find a balance with the environment and treat the natural resources with respect.

The Finnish sauna, as well as the geothermal water bating in Iceland are two examples of how one has tried to break away from these limitations; to confront the physical barriers between the human body and the threats from the outside. Exposing your naked body to the elements is thus not only a sign of momentary physical mastering, but also a way to attain mental connection to nature.
In the Fogo Spa, we have tried to emphasize this connection by using natural daylight through windows and light shafts at regular intervals through the entire length of the structure and by use of as much of local natural materials as possible.

The organizations of the functions are a direct consequence of the slender shape of the Fogo Island Inn, on which the Spa is located, with a men’s area on the north-west side and the women’s area on the south-east side. The open entrance area is facing southwest with a view towards Joe Batt’s Arm, the nearby town, and from there sequence of dressing rooms, showers and the saunas in the end. From there one can enjoy the view over the surrounding landscape. The open air hot tubs are located at the end of the roof terrace accessible directly from the showers, also with a view over the sea and the Fogo Island landscape.

CLIENT
Shorefast Foundation

LOCATION
210 Main road, Joe Batt’s Arm, Newfoundland, NL A0G 2X0, Canada
49.730625 N, -54.176701 S

DESIGN TEAM
Sami Rintala, Dagur Eggertsson, Vibeke Jenssen, Kaori Watanabe