Twinkling in the middle of a snow-laden landscape, you’ll find a unique public sauna built by artistic duo Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström. Named the Solar Egg, the gold installation stands at five meters high, the shell is a multifaceted surface covered in gold-plated stainless steel.
A total of 69 separate pieces, reflects the Swedish town of Luossabacken in Kiruna in the distance. The solar egg design is a warm welcome and a reflection space for locals and visitors to take part in the irreplaceable sauna experience.
A framed staircase takes us to the entrance, an opening that seems to be cracked invites guests to look inside. The bespoke multi faceted concept continues inside but this time finished in pine wood. In the middle, heat is emitted by a heart-shaped wood-fired burner.
Commissioned by developer Riksbyggen, the Swedish artist designed this project as a commemorative social sculpture for the town after residents voiced fears of losing community spirit after their relocation.
“When Riksbyggen asked us to interpret Kiruna, we felt it was natural to explore a space that unites and encourages conversation,” said Bigert. “Saunas are sacrosanct places where you can discuss all manner of things – from the big to the small.”
The whole town is being moved several kilometers eastward into a master plan developed by White Arkitekter, which will allow mining to continue for a further 20 years. The plan was shown as part of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014.
Created with the intention to be transportable, the faceted-structure can be de-constructed piece-by-piece and relocated to different locations within the city.