While San Francisco residents may some day be able to soak in a crowdfunded shipping container day spa, in Seattle it’s all about shvitzing in floating wooden huts.
Accessible by kayak and anchored in a “popular spot” within close proximity to the University of Washington, goCStudio envisions the floating sweat-shack to be a new kind of wellness-minded hangout where Seattlites can sooth sore muscles after a jog through the nearby arboretum, bid adieu to toxins while catching a beautiful Pacific Nothwest sunset, catch up with old friends (or meet new ones — Lisbeth Salander, is that you?) and, most of all, enjoy a “relaxing and reinvigorating experience out on the water.”
Positioned on top of 55 gallon floatation barrels, the volume incorporates a timber deck supported by aluminum frames. The interior features clear Alaskan yellow cedar panels with rows of seating facing an efficient wood burning stove. The stacked structure also consists of a roof deck with a diving board that can be accessed by an external ladder. The back of the sauna space has a cool-down hatch that can be lifted to allow air to circulate through the space.
Aside from checking out additional imagery of the wa_sauna — if the funding goal is met should be docked in Union Bay and open for sweats later this year — it’s worth reading up on past goCStudio project including 2012’s “Spirit Pavilion,” the second place winner in the Transforming Seattle’s 520 Floating Bridge design competition. Aside from pontoon-based installations and floating saunas, firm co-founders Jon Gentry and Aimée O’Carroll, both formerly of Olson Kundig, come equipped with diverse design backgrounds that extend well beyond the shores of Lake Washington: Gentry is a partner and designer with the repurposed cardboard lamp wizards at Graypants while O’Carroll is an alumna of Auburn University’s Rural Studio where she was part of a small team that designed and built 2008's 20K Loft House.
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