HELSINKI, FINLAND: Löyly is much more than just a new sauna and restaurant in Helsinki, Finland – it is an architectural masterpiece that organically adapts to its location overlooking the sea, a short walk from the city center. Saunas are an important part of Finnish culture, but the rise of private saunas and the decline of public saunas have raised alarms among some Finns. Löyly is a joyful return to the public sauna in an area that is already popular among Finns and tourists, and that is slated for further development along those lines. Designed by Avanto Architects, Löyly is built primarily from heat-treated wood cut and fit to form triangles and facets that seem to rise up among the rocks of the shore park where it is located. An outside terrace in front of the building and rising up on its roof gives the public exceptional views of the sea and lets them interact with the architecture in a playful way. Danley Sound Labs fully-weatherized OS-80 loudspeakers and a Danley OS-115 subwoofer give Löyly’s outside terrace a hi-fi sound system worthy of its architecture and attitude.
Danley Sound Labs’ European master distributor assisted with the Danley product specification and installation. “The architectural value of the entire Löyly complex made every decision very deliberate,” explained Marko Lönngren, sound systems specialist with Danley Sound Labs Europe. “Everyone involved expected high-fidelity sound AND an aesthetic that would blend seamlessly with the stunning architecture. There were many architects and designers who had to sign off on every decision.”
Lönngren recommended the Danley Sound Labs OS-80 loudspeakers, which are fully weatherized and thus ready to stand up to Helsinki’s often-brutal winter weather – especially on the coast. The OS-80s use legendary acoustician Tom Danley’s patented Synergy Horn technology to deliver perfectly phase-coherent audio that is naturally balanced, honest, and non-fatiguing. The full-range OS-80s are supported by a Danley OS-115 subwoofer, which uses Tom Danley’s patented Tapped Horn technology to deliver faithful, musical low-frequency content. A four-channel Danley DNA 5k4c amplifier with on-board DSP powers and conditions the OS-80s and OS-115.
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