The Cadyville Sauna is a small, wooden hut, located along the Saranac River in upstate New York, that dissolves into the surrounding forest via the reflection on its mirrored skin. While its boundaries look unclear, architect Dan Hisel‘s design not only blends with the environment, but lets something deeper and intangible arise. The sauna’s intense thermal conditions make a human body heat up and relax, while the wood absorbs sweat and hot air, causing the body, the building and the forest to become one.
It’s a dilemma that every owner and renter of a cramped New York City studio has encountered — how do we configure the room to fit a bed and some privacy? If you’re on the hunt for a room divider that’ll do just that, look no further than architect Dan Hisel’s ingenious Z-Box.