SOLAR EGG: amazing golden egg sauna installed in Swedish landscape

Design duo Bigert and Bergstrom have unveiled the SOLAR EGG, a public sauna art installation, as part of an urban transformation project by developer Riksbyggen for the city of Kiruna, Sweden. The egg has a shell of gold plated steel that reflects the city and surrounding landscape. Inspired by the Arctic climate where light and darkness change with the seasons, the designers wanted to create the egg shape to represent rebirth and new opportunities. Made of 69 separate pieces, the contemporary sauna can be disassembled and moved around the city. It stands at 16 feet (5m) tall, and 13 feet (4m) wide, and can be accessed through a set of golden pull-down stairs. Inside, multi-level wood seating with hidden lighting and patterned wood walls surround the fireplace. The fascinating egg can accommodate up to eight people at once. The wood burning fire made from iron and rocks, has been designed as the heart of the egg. Wood can easily be added to the fireplace allowing the heat to keep flowing in the sauna.

Photos: Jean-Baptiste Béranger 

SOLAR EGG: amazing golden egg sauna installed in Swedish landscape

SOLAR EGG: amazing golden egg sauna installed in Swedish landscape

SOLAR EGG: amazing golden egg sauna installed in Swedish landscape

SOLAR EGG: amazing golden egg sauna installed in Swedish landscape

SOLAR EGG: amazing golden egg sauna installed in Swedish landscape

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