From refurbished gondolas to off-grid designs, these aren’t your average hotboxes.

Two Swiss designers breathe new life into retired gondolas by turning them into sleek, customizable saunas. The interiors are gutted, and the exteriors receive a brand-new paint job—in any color of your choice.

Relaxing in a sauna has numerous health benefits—and although sauna design tends to be boxy and utilitarian, that doesn’t have to be the case. We’ve rounded up six of the hottest prefab saunas from around the world—and they come with unexpected stories, shapes, and materials. See our selections below, and if you’ve spotted a swoon-worthy sauna in your neck of the woods, let us know in the comments.

Sauna Gondel by Kueng Sauna

Two Swiss designers breathe new life into retired gondolas by turning them into sleek, customizable saunas. The interiors are gutted, and the exteriors receive a brand-new paint job—in any color of your choice.

Two Swiss designers breathe new life into retired gondolas by turning them into sleek, customizable saunas. The interiors are gutted, and the exteriors receive a brand-new paint job—in any color of your choice.

Photo courtesy of Sauna Gondel, Kueng Sauna

When designers Toni Egger and Felix Tarantik stumbled across a set of discarded Swiss ski gondolas, they set about repurposing them in a surprising way. The duo transformed the hardy, well-constructed shells—the gondolas once transported people through the air, after all—into saunas, and now they’re partnering with the experienced manufacturers at Kueng to bring their design to the mass market. At 530 pounds, these relatively lightweight saunas can be placed almost anywhere, and they function using a simple plug-in electric system. Prices start at approximately $19,250.

The saunas combine a cozy, feel-good interior with a captivating 360-degree view. The interiors can be outfitted in aspen or alder wood.

The saunas combine a cozy, feel-good interior with a captivating 360-degree view. The interiors can be outfitted in aspen or alder wood. 

Photo via @kuengsauna on Instagram

Scandinavian Sauna

Measuring 16 feet long, the Scandinavian Sauna by Native Narrative is built on a trailer frame for easy portability.

Measuring 16 feet long, the Scandinavian Sauna by Native Narrative is built on a trailer frame for easy portability.

Photo by Jeppe Michael

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