Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Kaluga Floating Sauna in Russia by Rintala Eggertsson Architects
September 20th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
This is a project based on our experiences of bathing cultures from our respective home countries Finland and Iceland. We wanted to offer our Russian spectators a warm sauna, banja in their own language, and a cold dive directly in the river itself. To have some more local qualities, we added a typical small pine tree from the area and fine lace curtains to add some privacy if needed.
We could not attend the opening ceremony, but judging from the images taken, the people were using the bathing floater to full capacity and enjoying it in imaginative ways.
In time the wood will become grey of rain and river water and the sauna will start having a fragrance of tar and smoke, both adding to the experiences of bathing in the middle of nature. We hope the atmosphere with reflections in the dark pool, the sound and light of fire in the sauna and waving of the lace curtains in the vast steppe evening wind will become a nice memory for the visitors.
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