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Floating “Kaluga” Sauna Sprouts a Tree on Top
Posted By Andrew Michler On January 26, 2011 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Floating Houses | No Comments
Russia’s Festival of Landscape Objects  saw a flotilla of seaworthy buildings float down the Ugra River to Nikola-Lenivets Village. Among the visionary houses was a beautifully-finished floating sauna, complete with a living tree on top by Finnish firm Rintala Eggertsson Architects .
Five other architects participated in the Summer of 2008 floating festival, including Norman Foster  and Sergey Skuratov . The homes took to the Ugra River and floated down on a kinetic architecture tour .
The lucky crew of the Kaluga Sauna were treated to a full spa treatment on the way as a wood stove, dressing room, and sauna room were at their disposal. While perhaps a little gimmicky, the tree on the project’s roof  expresses the sauna’s tradition of connecting humans with nature. The architects saw the event as a great way to let participants have a hot sauna and then take a plunge off the roof to refresh their senses. The houses are now set in Nikola-Lenivets Village, where they serve as a museum exhibit and guest housing.
Floating, flood-proof buildings expand the possibilities for architectural expression, and we love that this one creates additional green space through its tree-top planter.
Via Architecture Lab 
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URLs in this post:
 Festival of Landscape Objects: http://arch.stoyanie.ru/en/festival/archstoyanie-2008-summer
 Rintala Eggertsson Architects: http://www.rintalaeggertsson.com/
 Norman Foster: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=foster+%2B+partner
 Sergey Skuratov: http://www.skuratov-arch.ru/main_index.html
 kinetic architecture tour: http://inhabitat.com/rolling-hotel-travels-through-the-norwegian-fjords/
 tree on the project’s roof: http://inhabitat.com/101-warren-street-has-101-pine-trees-growing-on-its-roof/
 sauna : http://inhabitat.com/architects-build-pop-up-sauna-on-abandoned-city-dam/
 Architecture Lab: http://architecturelab.net/01/kaluga-floating-sauna-russia-by-rintala-eggertsson-architects/
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