BUREAU A + jérémie gindre: rooftop sauna in geneva BUREAU A + jérémie gindre: rooftop sauna in geneva
oct 24, 2012

BUREAU A + jérémie gindre: rooftop sauna in geneva

‘sauna’ by BUREAU A + jérémie gindre, geneva, switzerland image © dylan perrenoud all images courtesy of BUREAU A



just in time for the winter months, swiss practice BUREAU A and swiss artist jérémie gindre have conceived and installed a sauna amidst the rooftops of geneva, switzerland. situated upon the roof of the old kugler factory, a small levitating house is perched upon three beams and accessed with an elevated pathway. the structure will keep its visitors warm or in warmer months serve as a writing room with views to the poplar trees which encompass the industrial site.



aerial view image © dylan perrenoud



elevated base supports allow sauna to integrate into the rooftops image © dylan perrenoud



entry image © dylan perrenoud



seating image © dylan perrenoud



stove image © dylan perrenoud



(left) installed structure image © dylan perrenoud (right) during installation




  • Half finnish as i am, i applaude the idea. Although the execution clearly shows these people have no idea how to build a proper sauna (exepct for the wood fired stove).

    Erkilainen says:
  • Is there anyone out there who\’s able to explain to me what this has got to do with architecture or design? Thanks in advance!

    janappelgaard says:
  • wonderful

    dbkii says:
  • janappelgaard, if you don’t know what this intervention has to do with architecture you are probably on the wrong track with visting this website.

    Puuuh says:
  • i don’t see why this needs to be in design boom… please keep the quality of the projects higher

    maria says:
  • Great work! Thanks to publish again interesting home made design & architecture!

    Mvska says:
  • @janappelgaard – everything!

    antyszanty says:
  • Yes. How is this vapid project relating to important design or architecture.
    Why is it given any notice.

    rcvs1 says:
  • Placing it on a building’s roof makes this another option for crowded cities to consider their currently unused spaces

    Jon M. says:
  • Why not? I like it! Just one remark: it is a hobby-level project (and very good, no question!), but has nothing to do with design and architecture, it is not.

    Paul says:
  • I worry about fire safety…every part of the installation is flammable. There is a window nearly 80cm from it, the fire could propagate inside the building very easily if that window is badly closed, or propagate towards the door via the pathway…

    Juju says:
  • I like it! Design included!

    Dan says:
  • whoever designed this… pls go back to architecture school!!!

    gill32 says:
  • It is shelter and probably functions as a sauna. Therefore it is architecture. Its inventive and worth seeing.
    (judgemental architects and designers and their petty comments aside) tsk tsk

    sw says:
  • clearly, some people need more humor and less of the “serious architect” stuff. This is a nice conceptual idea, well done. keep smiling

    nomad says:
  • Agreed. How is this not ‘architecture’ or design’? Theoretically speaking it was designed and is now an architectural structure no? Anyhow, it is a creative use of another wise dis-used space – how is this not relevant in itself?

    Leon says:
  • REVOLUTIONARY! Now they can extend their creative spree and build another multifunction hall above the sauna, to make even better use of the crowded city space, innit. Everything is EXQUISITE: from the presentation drawings to the fine detail.

    Gregan says:

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