wa_sauna is a sauna designed and built to be used on Seattle’s lakes year round. It is a privately owned vessel that can accommodate up to 6 people. The vessel is powered by an electric motor and heated by a wood burning stove. The lake serves as a natural cold plunge after heating up in the sauna. Moored at the north end of Lake Union, wa_sauna typically takes a 2-3 hour round trip around the lake.
▼桑拿船屋以西雅图城市天际线为背景，静静漂浮在湖水之上；the city horizon of Seattle is the backdrop for wa_sauna, which floats quietly on the lake
Following in the Scandinavian tradition of saunas as a place for gathering, wa_sauna provides a place for Seattle’s community to share a unique experience on the water. goCstudio will be programming events involving wa_sauna over the spring and summer months of 2017.
▼桑拿船屋为西雅图的社区提供了一个在水上分享独特体验的场所，wa_sauna provides a place for Seattle’s community to share a unique experience on the water
The idea for the floating sauna was born on a cold and wet winter’s. Combining our love of the water, the relaxing dry heat of saunas, and floating structures, the project began to take shape. We focused on primal concepts of fire, water, and community. We were searching for a way to engage the water surrounding our city, enticing visitors onto the lakes year round. We called this project ‘wa_sauna’ and felt it would be a welcome addition to the Pacific Northwest landscape and its adventurous people.
▼桑拿船屋同时也是一个欣赏城市美景的好地方，the wa_sauna is also a good place to go for the city view
▼湖水就变成了天然的跳入式凉池，the lake becomes a natural plunge for water-lovers
wa_sauna engages the ideas of journey and discovery; creating a unique experience and refuge on the water that offers a different perspective on the landscape. Boaters and kayakers can venture out and tie off to the surrounding deck, allowing for the sauna tradition to take place on Seattle’s lakes.
▼长长的甲板让人们可以在船屋上进行一些活动，the decks allow people to use the wa_sauna creatively
The project was funded through the support of the local community and a crowdfunding campaign. In the same spirit of crowdfunding wa_sauna, the project was built by our studio and a team of talented volunteers, all with close connections to the architecture community and unique construction skills. We were generously donated a large space in the production warehouse of Hilliard’s Beer for the fabrication of wa_sauna.
▼船屋变成人们在水中聚集的地点，the wa_sauna becomes a
Maneuvering a 14’ high, 4,500lb structure from the warehouse to the public boat ramp and into the water was a challenging process. Towed on 6 steel casters with a 1980 VW Vanagon, we slowly crept along at dawn making the 8 block trip to the boat ramp in just under 3 hours. The contrast of steel casters on rough gravel and pavement to the feeling of this structure gently floating was the most exciting moment of the build process.
▼船屋细节，the detail of the sauna
wa_sauna can now be seen regularly on Lake Union and Lake Washington. The sauna is a registered vessel, powered by an electric trolling motor with (3) 12-volt batteries and heated by a wood burning stove. Quietly exploring the lakes, wa_sauna allows users to find peace and quiet in the warmth of the sauna, with endless unique views of Seattle and sounds of the fire crackling and the gentle water around them.
▼船屋内部，配置着一个烧木材的火炉；inside of the wa_sauna there is a wood burning stove