Depending on where you live, winter is already here. Are you constantly thinking about warm places? That’s how a year ago goCstudio came up with this idea.
This project follows a briefing but it’s not created for any client, and it enhances the idea that now more than ever studios need to create and develop their own projects to showcase their philosophy and way of work.
Combining their love for water, the relaxing dry heat of a sauna, and floating structures, the sauna began to grow a year ago. As they say, they wanted to engage the water surrounding their city, alluring visitors to the lakes all year.
Fire, water, and community where the primal concepts they played with at wa_sauna.
It was named ‘wa_sauna’ as an addition to the Pacific Northwest landscape. It engages the ideas of journey and discovery, two nouns directly related to its adventurous people. This sauna wants to create a unique experience and refuge on the water that offers a different perspective on the landscape. It invites boaters and kayakers to tie off to the surrounding deck, allowing for the sauna tradition to take place on Seattle’s lakes.
This project was funded thanks to the support of the local community and a crowdfunding campaign. The sauna was also built by the architecture studio and a team of volunteers, all of them with a direct relationship to architecture.
They built a 14’ high, 4,500lb structure on the warehouse of a brewery, which they had to later move to the public boat ramp and into the water. They explain that it was a really challenging process to move it, towed on 6 steel casters with a 1980 VW Vanagon, they managed to make the 8 block trip in less than three hours.
Wa_sauna can now be seen periodically on Lake Union and Lake Washington. The structure is a registered vessel, powered by an electric trolling motor with 12-volt batteries and heated by a wood-burning stove.
Quietly exploring the lakes, this sauna allows users to find peace and quiet in the warmth of the sauna. Its visitors can enjoy the endless and unique views of Seattle and sounds of the fire crackling and the gentle water around them.
Pictures courtesy of goCstudio