Block Sauna 143 is a neighborhood sauna that invites patrons in from the sidewalk, into its half-underground, half-above-ground sauna sequence.


Off of the neighborhood sidewalk, a ramp slopes downward to bring sauna-goers deeper into the submerged building, creating more and more privacy.


The sauna deck houses the summer lounge, storage space, chimneys, and skylight boxes for the spaces below. The objects curate intimate yet open spaces for the sun bather.


As visitors walk down the entrance ramp, the building appears extremely transparent with its continuous perimeter clerestory windows, yet the surrounding walls become deeper and deeper, lending privacy to the activities within.


At the lowest point of the sauna, the height and thickness of the concrete walls provide total privacy, yet allow the interior to receive ample daylight.


Surrounding the inner courtyard are a set of ramps that connect the various sauna programs.


At the deepest level of the building are the showers and sauna - the most intimate spaces. Here, the clerestory window continues to bring light and view of the surrounding landscape, while the depth of the walls lend privacy to the space.


Finally, upon reaching the sauna, the thickness of the walls and depth of the slab creates a both a private and enclosed experience, yet brings in ample daylighting and connection to nature.