Solar Egg – More than a sauna Public sauna by Futurniture and Bigert & Bergström

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Solar Egg – More than a sauna

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Public sauna

INSPIRATION:
It draws inspiration from Kiruna’s Arctic climate, where light conditions change with the seasons from 24-hour winter darkness to round-the- clock midsummer sun. Kiruna is currently undergoing a radical transformation, which involves a gigantic move for the whole town. This is so that the mining company LKAB can extract more of the iron seam that cuts diagonally downwards beneath the town. The iron ore is and has been – ever since it first began to be extracted at the end of the 19th century – an important source of income for Sweden, and absolutely vital for the town of Kiruna. No mine, no town. But the breaking up and devastating transformation of the landscape, the environment and the architecture caused by the move are also sparking a lot of debate. Solar Egg has been made as a social sculpture where local people and visitors to the town can meet and, for instance, discuss these challenges.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The egg shape seeks to symbolize rebirth and new opportunities at the start of Kiruna’s urban transformation, a project that involves the relocation of entire city districts in response to ground subsidence caused by decades of iron ore mining. The temporary and traveling egg-shaped sauna is covered in stainless steel mirrors with titanium, gold-colour coating. It is only five meters tall and accommodates a handful of punters. Its interior is made from pine and aspen, and the sculptural oven in the center has been webbed from local iron and stones.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Since Kiruna is located in a region with strong sauna traditions, the idea was to build a sauna with a beautiful form that would provide the community with joy, pride, and inspiration.Beyond its function as a sauna, Solar Egg is essentially a public sculpture developed in collaboration with artist duo, Bigert & Bergström. The sculpture responds to the natural elements of the environment and the snowy landscape.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in August 2016 in Stockholm. Solar Egg grand opening was in April 2017 in Kiruna Sweden. Solar Egg has since then been in Nikkaloukta, Sweden and Paris, France.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The egg is made out of stainless golden mirror sheeting. The egg’s interior has been formed out of wood, with the wall panels and floor decking made out of pine and the bench of aspen. In the centre of the egg stand the wood-heated, heart-shaped sauna stove made out of iron and stone. The temperature inside the egg varies between 75° and 85° Celsius.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
588 x 567 x 455 cm

TAGS:
Sweden, Public, Sauna, Innovation, Mobile

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
To better understand the situation in Kiruna and the daily life of the people, we did several research trips to Kiruna where we did interviews. The main objective was to find out how the move and their unique situation affected them in both short and long-term.

CHALLENGE:
What we found out from the research was that the people of Kiruna were afraid of losing the warm and friendly community spirit and that they have been overlooked. With those two insights, we came up with the idea to create a natural, warm and friendly place that brings people together.

ADDED DATE:
2017-10-20 13:05:23

TEAM MEMBERS (14) :
Corporate Name of Client: Riksbyggen, Client Marketing Director: Mathias Sandberg, PR Company: Futurniture, Stockholm, Agency: Futurniture, Stockholm, Copywriter: Linus Blom, Senior Art Director: Maria Lindroos, Project Manager: Jakob Lind, PR: Amanda Wennö, Video producer: Sofie Hederstierna and Richard Enell, Production Manager: Ida Torkkeli, Design Company: Bigert & Bergström, Artists: Mats Bigert/Lars Bergström, Photographer: Jean-Baptiste Béranger and Production Company: Hangmen AB

IMAGE CREDITS:
Jean-Baptiste Béranger

Visit the following page to learn more: https://riksbyggen.se/solaregg
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Riksbyggen

PROFILE:
Riksbyggen is an urban developer company in Sweden, owned by the building unions, housing associations (local housing associations) and by other national co-operative associations.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Solar Egg – More Than a Sauna Public Sauna by Futurniture and Bigert & Bergström is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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Solar Egg – More Than a Sauna Public Sauna by Futurniture and Bigert & Bergström is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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