sauna on water

February 13, 2008 at 12:51 pm 8 comments



Finnish architect Sami Rintala designed this floating sauna in a workshop with Bergen Art Academy students. This is the picture of inner peace and serenity. The minimalist form suggests that time for oneself is of great importance. The only access to the retreat is by paddle boat and then swimming underneath the sauna. The fjords water, in which it is anchored, stays very cold. By tossing a few hot stones onto the stove the sauna can reach 90 degrees celsius. I imagine that the mental purification of this retreat is amazing.

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  • 1. limonit  |  March 1, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Hm. if you can get in only by the way described – how do you get the hot stones in? But it’s a nice idea, indeed!

  • 2. momeld  |  March 3, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Good point. I suppose there probably is a door somewhere…but how boring would that be. I don’t know much about suana’s. I wonder how often you have to replace the hot stones?

  • 3. limonit  |  March 6, 2008 at 5:24 am

    Then there is an alternative entry to the sauna and the gag of a single entry point through the water is destroyed :(.
    Usually sauna stones are heated by means of electric current. And how often you want do change them – well, that depends entirely on the temperature you want to have 🙂

  • 4. materialicious  |  March 25, 2008 at 1:51 am

    There’s a woodstove for heating the stones right there in the second pic. The hole in the floor is for dunking yourself without opening the door to let cold air in.
    The process is: you get the fire cranking, the stones are in a receptacle on top of the stove, and you ladle water over the hot stones to create steam. Use birch branches to flagellate yourself all over while your pores are open from the extreme heat. Every ten or so minutes you dunk yourself in the water. Repeat the process several times. It’s great.

  • 5. momeld  |  March 25, 2008 at 6:11 am

    @ materialicious Thanks for clearing some of that up.

  • 6. Infrared Suanas Guide  |  June 5, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Wow is that the most stunning sauna you’ve ever seen or what. I want it!

  • 7. Andrej  |  November 10, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    That is an amazing sauna. Absolutely brilliant. I’ve got to try it out now.

  • 8. saunabathing  |  April 14, 2010 at 1:19 am

    A very innovative saunaroom! Would be great to be able to try it out.


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