WA SAUNA

FLOATING SAUNA ON LAKE UNION

Architecture as a vessel for fire, shelter, and friends floating in the heart of the city.

LOCATION
Seattle, WA
ARCHITECTURE TEAM
Gentry / O’Carroll
Nick Durig
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
Kevin Winner, Swenson Say Faget
BUILDERS
GO'C
Greg Lewis
PHOTOGRAPHER
Kevin Scott
RECOGNITION
National AIA Small Project Award
Architectural Review Pop Up Award (shortlist)
The Architect's Newspaper Best of Design Awards (honorable mention)

The idea for the floating sauna was born on a cold and wet winter’s day. Combining our love of the water, the relaxing dry heat of saunas, and floating structures, the project began to take shape. We focused on primal concepts of fire, water, and community. We were searching for a way to engage the water surrounding our city, enticing visitors onto the lakes year round. We called this project ‘wa_sauna’ and felt it would be a welcomed addition to the Pacific Northwest landscape and its adventurous people.

wa_sauna engages the ideas of journey and discovery; creating a unique experience and refuge on the water that offers a different perspective on the landscape. Boaters and kayakers can venture out and tie off to the surrounding deck, allowing for the sauna tradition to take place on Seattle’s lakes.

FLOATING SAUNA WITH THE UNIVERSITY BRIDGE
FLOATING SAUNA VIEW OF THE SPACE NEEDLE
FLOATING SAUNA DIVE
FLOATING SAUNA OPENED
FLOATING SAUNA BACK OPENED
FLOATING SAUNA FROM ABOVE
FLOATING SAUNA SWIM LADDER
FLOATING SAUNA INTERIOR
FLOATING SAUNA LADDER DETAIL
FLOATING SAUNA AT GAS WORKS
FLOATING SAUNA CONCEPT SKETCH
FLOATING SAUNA AXO DRAWING
FLOATING SAUNA LONG SECTION
FLOATING SAUNA BUILDING SECTION
FLOATING SAUNA ELEVATIONS
FLOATING SAUNA CONCEPT PLAN
FLOATING SAUNA CONCEPT RENDERING
FLOATING SAUNA LOGO LAKE WASHINGTON
LOCATION
Seattle, WA
ARCHITECTURE TEAM
Gentry / O’Carroll
Nick Durig
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
Kevin Winner, Swenson Say Faget
BUILDERS
GO'C
Greg Lewis
PHOTOGRAPHER
Kevin Scott
RECOGNITION
National AIA Small Project Award
Architectural Review Pop Up Award (shortlist)
The Architect's Newspaper Best of Design Awards (honorable mention)
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