Russian Sauna Is Built In The Style Of A Fairytale House

Like something straight out of a fairytale, this small getaway isn’t actually a house but a sauna. The unique retreat has been designed by architecture studio Artecology, led by Andrey Bugaev. The building is set in Russia, where bathhouses aren’t all that uncommon.


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The immediate forest surroundings help reinforce the “fairytale” concept. The structure is composed of larch logs that are 280 mm (11 inches) thick, helping to give it its chunky, solid appearance. Larch itself is a moisture resistant species, but to ensure the wood stands the test of time it’s been naturally treated.


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The chunky roof immediately catches the eye. The thatch is reminiscent of thatched Irish cottages, and not only keeps the rain and wind out, but also thoroughly insulates the interior, keeping it warm during the harsh Russian winter.


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The sauna is heated by a brick wood-burning stove, with rocks placed on the top section over which you can throw the water. There’s also a second floor where visitors can rest up after session. The hut, or Izbushka in Russian, is accompanied by summerhouse set on the same site, in the same other-worldly style.

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For more spaces, check out this thatched hideaway in Donegal, Ireland called Jeffry’s Lough. Or, the Hedonist Hotel that was built of a tiny budget of $250. See all spaces.

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Photos: Artecology

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. I like your small fairytale concept cottage. Its beautiful, and im thanking about having my fiance build one here n the USA. Again Thank u.