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Sauna Habits / More sustainable sauna stove

Sauna Habits
Sauna Habits


Sauna Habits


According to different sources, traditional sauna stoves have one of the highest emission factors among residential heating appliances. The suggested solution aims to achieve a more sustainable way of taking a sauna, without losing the traditional experience of wood burning stoves. The inner structure of the stove makes the airflow circulate inside to provide a better heat exchange and effectively burn combustible gases and particulates. The core is made of fireproof concrete that resists temperatures high enough to achieve an almost total combustion of wood. Its properties to accumulate and radiate heat for long time allow for less wood to be used.

It uses new technology and more energy efficient methods but doesn't change the user experience of a sauna. This was at the core of what we wanted to accomplish with this year's core theme of meeting time at IF. We hoped that the design would not change the user experience, but rather use a new method that makes the user experience better.
It is such a great inspiration and honor to have this project featured by the judges! I was enjoying the design process a lot, and I am glad to have the chance to expose the outcome.
Winner Statement

Aalto University

Aalto University
Helsinki, Finland

Marina Baranova,
Aalto University