Wet Heat: A Floating Wooden Sauna In Seattle

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A floating wooden sauna launched on Seattle’s chilly Lake Union satisfies those who love relaxing in dry heat interspersed with the odd refreshing swim. wa-sauna-5

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Meet the “wa_sauna” – a unique floating sauna room conceived and constructed by Seattle-based design studio goCstudio. The name is derived from the studio’s home state combined with a shared love of saunas. Originating in frosty Finland, sauna baths or rooms employ dry heat to relax the body, improve circulation and promote overall good health.

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Seattle’s Lake Union boasts sparkling clear waters that tend to retain their seasonal chill well into the summer. The designers figured the ideal complement to a brisk swim in Lake Union would be a warming & revitalizing sauna! The room itself was built over a base of linked 55 gallon flotation barrels, much like the thousands of tried and tested recreational docks found on America’s east and west coasts. Above this base, the room features a light but sturdy aluminum frame and a spacious timber plank deck for sunbathing.

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