The Sauna book by Klaus P. Scheid focuses on the architecture of typical Finnish saunas both in traditional and modern settings. The book opens with an article by architect Aarne Ervi who discusses the historical roots of saunas and presents some typical variations in their spatial arrangements. Klaus P. Scheid’s thorough article examines the layout principles and structural details with ample examples and rich illustration. The texts are in German; the illustration consists of black&white photographs, plans, sections and detail drawings.
The book concludes with some fine examples of modernist Finnish architecture. These examples include a holiday sauna by Einari Teräsvirta, the Johnson Wax sauna building in Wisconsin, US, by Viljo Revell, the sauna at Villa Mairea by Alvar Aalto and much more.
The copy currently in stock is in nice condition for its age. The pages are clean and there are no tears. The glueing of the binding is still fine. The covers show some shelf wear signs of use especially on the spine.