H3T architects: bike sauna H3T architects: bike sauna
may 29, 2011

H3T architects: bike sauna

‘bike sauna’ by H3T architects all images courtesy H3T architects

 

 

 

czech republic-based practice H3T architects (vitek simek, stepan rehor, matej velek) has sent us images of ‘bike sauna’, a transportable sweat lodge pulled by a tandem bicycle. constructed out of light and durable materials for maximum ease of use, the project serves as a new and unconventional social tool that interacts with its immediate site.

exterior view 

 

 

 

able to accommodate up to six people, the sauna is encased in a cylindrical volume clad in translucent panels. featuring a fully-functioning fireplace that expels smoke through a tiny protruding chimney, the interior is outfitted with a set of wooden benches. access is provided through a slit on an elastic membrane which keeps in the heat during use. the prototype is a platform for testing ideas, exploring the possibilities of portable architecture with a clear social function.

 

 

 

 

  • Lovely innovation!
    I’m wondering how 2 people can drag this mini-sauna?

    Augustaster says:
  • even with all that nice design they have to stabilize it with blocks of wood? seems like they should have considered that.

    matt says:
  • Thank you all for your comments.

    First, even one rider can drag the bike sauna behind her/his bike. You don’t have to have a tandem bike; although, it’s far easier.

    Second, we worked with very limited time span (about a week or so and even more limited amount of money that regrettably haven’t covered neither our work, nor all expenses.) what is actually described in detail in the official press release that was provided to DB but not published here.

    Anyway, some improvements were made since the “wild beta testing phase” is over and some are still awaiting us. Our Bike Sauna is a prototype. Don’t forget that, please.

    Take it easy and ejoy! Your h3t team.

    h3t says:
  • Oh, thank Gawd.
    I was wondering when someone was going to save us all from being without the Sauna.
    Have these people nothing better to do than come up with this completely ridiculous fabrication? Don’t they have some no-deposit bottles to return?
    I hope the bi-products of the plastic shell make them ill.

    rcvs1 says:
  • Cool design guys! Maybe the addition of a drop down kickstand in the back would add some stability when climbing in and out of the back door, and maybe something similar upfront.

    Some of the people commenting on here need to chill out and lighten up a little. They probably could use a sauna the most.

    funkafied in Vermont says:
  • Brilliant ! I love the curved ribs to hold its shape and the elastic ‘back door’.

    And you can swim in a different lake, river, or bay to cool off each time you use it,

    Bruce says:
  • I wonder…any concern with carbon monoxide poisoning, or is a fresh air admitted while the fire’s burning. I seems that there would be a natural draw from the rear entrance, but…?

    Paul says:
  • ya might want to make it available with less trasparent sides, the Swedes prefer to take their heat in the nude!

    trigger says:

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