raumlabor contributes to the recovery of gothenburg's harbor with sauna building raumlabor contributes to the recovery of gothenburg's harbor with sauna building
oct 13, 2015

raumlabor contributes to the recovery of gothenburg's harbor with sauna building

raumlabor contributes to the recovery of gothenburg’s harbor with sauna building
all images courtesy of raumlabor

 

 

 

berlin-based studio raumlabor has created a sauna building called ‘goteborg bathing culture’ in frihamnen, the industrial harbor of göthenburg in sweden. the area is gradually losing its industrial character and is steadily becoming a new and central part of the city, open to be discovered and adopted by the citizens. its present state of transitions, the traces of its former uses, and the huge undefined spaces make the harbor very attractive for the establishment and implementation of different kinds of cultural activities. apart from the polluted land and water, the heritage of this industrial port is a series of fascinating functional objects, buildings and the spontaneous and fragile nature that somehow exists between the asphalt, concrete, and water. 

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the industrial area of frihamnen is steadily becoming a new and central part of gothenburg

 

 

 

raumlabor has imagined a new use and a new type of experience to link the water, the land and the neighborhood with the construction of an unevenly-shaped sauna building made out of corrugated metal sheets. establishing bathing in this rough and hostile environment is, above all, a way to change the perception of it: creating intimate spaces, new leisure experiences and the opportunity for communication between different groups of people. since water pollution does not allow, for the moment, direct bathing activities in the docks, the establishment of ‘bathing culture’ activities will generate a form of prediction for the future of this particular setting.

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establishing a sauna in this rough and hostile environment is, above all, a way to change its perception

 

 

 

with the creation of ‘goteborg bathing culture’, raumlabor aims to generate a place that brings back the swedish culture of social gatherings in baths. they want people to use the sauna complex ‘not only as a place for relaxation but also as a space to meet new people, spend time together and discuss life.’

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in the evening people go and enjoy a relaxing sauna time

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raumlabor sees the baths as a social space to meet people, spend time together and discuss life

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the curved wall of the shower uses glass bottles as a sustainable decision to let light in

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from the outside you and appreciate the shower glass bottle curved wall

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the sauna inside has views to the harbor

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the designers see saunas as a place to meet people, spend time together and discuss life

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changing rooms have the same design aesthetics as the rest of the building, using wood as the predominant material

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the infinity pool gives a sensation of bathing in the harbor

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the benefits of water can be enjoyed and contemplated

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: juliana neira | designboom

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