World Architecture Community Award 2011 The Floating Sauna is a gift for the Rosendal community, a village at the end of the majestic Hardangerfjord in Norway. The sauna celebrates the ancient but still living connection between the human built environment and the great voice of the ocean. The Viking decedent Rosendal villagers are as natural with house building as with building their boats and the Floating Sauna lays somewhere in-between. One enters the sauna by swimming or with a rowing boat. Inside the temperature can be on the top seats up to 80 degrees, but the cool ocean is just one step away. The hot sauna is moving and rocking according to the mood of the sea. The naked man inside is like a baby in the womb of nature. All the Rosendal village can see the sauna on the Hardangerfjord and it shines as a lantern in the evenings. The walls of the sauna are semi-transparent showing when the things are cooking. While sitting inside the sea literally feels like flowing in and the modern man is cleaned by nature. The Floating Sauna is a happy marriage between Finnish and Norwegian cultures.
The construction process was done in co-operation with the Art students from the Bergen Art Academy.Team: Marco Casagrande, Sami Rintala Christel Sverre 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.