Imagine sitting in a sauna...that’s inside a giant golden egg? It all sounds like something straight out of a children’s book, but this Solar Egg sauna, created in Kiruna, Sweden—the northernmost town in the country—is real, and has been providing residents with a nesting place to warm up in the cold climate.
Designed by Swedish artist duo Bigert & Bergström for real estate company Riksbyggen, “Solar Egg” is more than just about being a sauna. It also doubles as a meeting place for residents to discuss the changes that are affecting their town. Per a press release, “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 sauna’s facade is covered in faceted gold mirrors, which reflect and fragment its surroundings and represent the many complexities surrounding issues of climate change. On the inside, walls are clad in honeycomb wood panels, and a large wood-heated and heart-shaped sauna stove takes center stage, heating the sauna up to temperatures between 75° and 85° C (167° F to 185° F).
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It’s here and it’s hatched! The Solar Egg sculpture and sauna is installed in ASI’s sunny and snowy courtyard and ready for its official U.S debut during tonight’s Eggstravaganza event. #solaregg #americanswedishinstitute #bigertandbergstrom #onlyinmn #captureminneapolis #publicsculpture #sauna #solareggsauna #artinstallation #swedishartists #swedishdesign #sculpture #goldenegg #minnstagram
The project, which has won a Red Dot Award for “Design Concept” has traveled around Europe, including Paris in 2017 as part of the Swedish Design Moves Paris initiative. But this week, the golden egg sauna is touching down in stateside for the first time, hatching at the courtyard of the American Swedish Institute in downtown Minneapolis through April 28. Better yet: Visitors can book an book “full sauna bath experience” via the museum on select days.