RINTALA EGGERTSSON ARCHITECTS

KALUGA FLOATING SAUNA

Nikola-Lenivets, Russia
Festival of Landscape Objects
Floating Sauna
Completed 16-20. July 2008

2007 – Floods in Great Britain
2007 – Floods in Australia
2005 – Hurricane Katrina
2004 – Tsunami in Indian Ocean
2003 – Floods in Argentina
2002 – Intensive ablation of the largest iceberg (270 km in length and 40 km in width)

This is far from an overwhelming list of natural cataclysms ended with catastrophes caused by the World Ocean. At the same time life on our planet have arose from water. We call upon to friendly contacts with water resources of our planet, and careful attitudes. For realization of these concepts we offer to design short-term floating house which can be used as a shelter for 3 – 6 persons within several days. These floating houses are going to be floated down the Ugra river, from Juhnovo to Nikola-Lenivets village. Upon the festival completion, the «water crafts» are going to be transported to the specially arranged territory in Nikola-Lenivets village (presumably river bank from Nikola-Lenivets to Zvizhi village), where they are going to be used as permanent museum exhibits and guest-houses at the same time.

PARTICIPANTS
Norman Foster (England), Francois Roche (France), Sami Rintala (Finland), Vladimir Plotkin (Russia, Moscow), Sergey Scuratov (Russia, Moscow), Tatan Kuzembaev (Russia, Moscow)

ORGANIZERS
Nikola-Lenivets Project, Nikola-Lenivetskie Handy Crafts Non-commercial Partnership, Cloud Watcher, Ugra National Park, Dzerzhinsky District Administration

CURATOR
Anton Kochurkin, Julia Bychkova