Rintala Eggertsson Architects designed Kaluga Floating Sauna at the Festival of Landscape Objects held in Russia in July, 2008. It was not the only sauna design of the practice. In 2002 a workshop was organised in collaboration with Bergen Art Academy students. Under the leadership of Sami Rintala, Marco Casagrande and Christen Sverre a Floating Sauna was designed and realized.
A number of architects, notably Norman Foster, Francois Roche, Vladimir Plotkin, Sergey Scuratov, Tatan Kuzembaev were all invited to create structures based on the theme of a house built on water.
House built on water
This is far from overwhelming list of natural cataclysms ended with catastrophes caused by the World Ocean. At the same time life on our planet have arose from water.
The architects called upon to friendly contacts with water resources of the planet and careful attitudes. For realization of these concepts they designed short-term floating house which can be used as a shelter for 3 – 6 persons within several days.
These floating houses were floated down the Ugra river, from Juhnovo to Nikola-Lenivets village. Upon the festival completion the water crafts were transported to a specially arranged territory in Nikola-Lenivets village (presumably river bank from Nikola-Lenivets to Zvizhi village), where they are used as a permanent museum exhibits and guest-houses at the same time.