Banya and Garden Studio

Banya and Garden Studio

Cooke Fawcett Ltd

Camden, 2023



Housing the traditional elements of a Russian ‘Banya’—including sauna, bucket shower, and plunge pool—as well as a garden studio, this unusual and inventive project was designed by architects Cooke Fawcett incollaboration with interior designers Black and Milk. Set among mature trees, whose locations inform its angled geometry, the building is broken up into what appears as two volumes externally. This subtle fragmentation articulates the key components of the scheme. Creating a building that feels embedded in the woodland was central to the design. 

“The garden room has large, glazed sliding doors that draw light from the garden into the interior. A large bespoke wrap-over rooflight/window to the rear provides a dramatic framed view of the extensive woodlands behind.”