RINTALA EGGERTSSON ARCHITECTS

FLOATING SAUNA

Hardangerfjorden, Norway
Workshop w/ Bergen Art Academy students
Sauna
Completed 2.-13.9.2002

Workshop combining Finnish and Norwegian culture, developed and constructed in collaboration with Bergen Art Academy.

The Finnish sauna room, reacing around 90 C in the wintertime (-20 C outside), becomes a place for sweat and silence, mental purification and physical maintainance. It is anchored in the middle of the fjord to maintain a level of privacy for the bathers. Little winter daylight comes through transparent walls, while at night the sauna shines as a floating lantern. Access with rowing boat only. Descending to swimming straight through the floor of water.

The possibility to construct came through the warm Golf-stream meeting the west coast of Norway, keeping the sea ice-free the whole year. In Finland, the sea is ice-covered from December to April, and the sauna would have to be lifted ashore in wintertime.

STUDENTS
Kristin Lian Berg, Mona Brekke, Simen Dyrhaug, Jenny Therese Eriksson, Mahlet Ogbé Habte, Marja Ristiina Nickel, Ragnhild Ohma, Anne Marte Ruud, Mona Aspen Simonsen, Thomas Aspeland Sivertsen, Elin Solvang, Sverre Strandberg, Karolin Tampere, Sveinung Unneland, Elisabeth Wahlström