Floating sauna resort designed for Lake Washington

WA Sauna by goCstudio (goCstudio)

WA Sauna by goCstudio (goCstudio)


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A floating sauna could be setting sail on Lake Washington, Seattle, in time for Summer 2014.

The WA Sauna, a self-styled 'urban escape', will be constructed from 55 gallon floatation barrels held in place by an aluminum frame and most likely anchored during the day. Renders from the project designers, architecture firm goCstudio, show the spa being accessed via kayak.

The miniature aqua resort will offer an 8 x 8 foot sauna in addition to a platform area where visitors can relax on the lake. The structure will float in Union Bay, positioned to capture the sun and maximize views of the city and the mountains.

"We thought it would be interesting to propose a floating sauna for Seattle, a city surrounded by water," explained architect and co-founder of goCstudios Aimée O'Carroll. "The purpose of the sauna is to create a place of refuge for locals, to give them a new perspective on their city and provide a space to relax, reflect and reinvigorate out on the water."

The inspiration behind the project comes from O'Carroll and business partner Jon Gentry's 2012 'Spirit Pavillion' design which won second place in a competition focused on the redesign of Seattle's 520 floating bridge.

The project is subject to successful gathering of funds, which the architects hope will be raised via an upcoming campaign on crowdfunding website Kickstarter. The target is to raise $15,000 at which point construction can begin.