emmett mcnamara's sauna offers atlantic views from a comfy seat
emmett mcnamara's sauna offers atlantic views from a comfy seat
aug 12, 2016

emmett mcnamara's sauna offers atlantic views from a comfy seat


architect emmett mcnamara’s ‘sauna’ offered warm coastal views on the shores of inisheer, one of a small group of remote islands off the irish mainland. the piece was developed over several months for the biennial ‘drop everything’ festival held on the island; an event that presents contemporary art from a rustic perspective.

emmett mcnamara sauna atlantic drop everything festival
overlooking the beach
images © emmett mcnamara




the ‘sauna’ was influenced by local landmarks such as ‘currach’ and the standing stones. once visualized, construction was constructed over three months at the fire station artist studios in dublin before being shipped to the island for on-site assembly. the form is composed of modular triangles built using traditional timber framing methods. a foil moisture barrier and rock wool insulation keep the ‘sauna’ warm, and three large windows look out over the vast atlantic. the ‘sauna’ was designed by emmett mcnamara to participate at the 2016 ‘drop everything’ festival.

emmett mcnamara sauna atlantic drop everything festival
waiting for a look

sunrise / sunset views 


emmett mcnamara sauna atlantic drop everything festival
video projections

modular sections

emmett mcnamara sauna atlantic drop everything festival
studio manufacturing

emmett mcnamara's sauna offers atlantic views from a comfy seat
visitors at the sauna’s second home, a local school



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edited by: nick brink | designboom


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