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Architectural golden egg serves as solar-powered “thought incubator” in Northern Sweden

July 21, 2017

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Northern Sweden has gone through quite a lot due to the mining industry’s instability…literally, the 18,000 residents had to move their city’s enter 2 miles east due to an unstable foundation. Living in the Arctic Circle can’t be easy, so the architectural firm of Bigert & Bergstrom decided the citizen needed a cozy place to discuss their thoughts. An eight-person, solar-powered sauna was created in order to serve as a “thought incubator”.

The exterior is made of a stainless golden mirror, reflecting the natural environment. The interior functions as a normal wood-heated anatomically correct, heart-shaped stove to keep the room at about 170 degrees Fahrenheit.

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This unique “egg” is fitted with solar panels to power the lights. Standing 5 meters high and 4 meters wide, the exterior is made from 69 gold-plated stainless-steel panels that refer the city and beautiful countryside.

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Interestingly, this golden egg will move from place to place within the Kiruna region where it will be placed in various stunning Arctic environments. Next up (and though September) is a location on the banks of a lake in Nikkaluokta, in the mountains just outside Kiruna.

Digging deeper, we found to that the egg shape is a intended to symbolize rebirth and the new opportunities that will arise because of Kiruna’s new urban transformation, a project that involves the relocation of entire city districts in response to ground instability caused by years upon years of iron ore mining.

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The egg’s interior walls are clad in honeycomb wood panels that give the egg its pod-like shape. LED lighting illuminates the interior, and a large wood-heated, heart-shaped sauna stove made out of iron and stone sits in the middle of the space, providing a warm temperature of anywhere between 75° and 85° C.

When not in use, this sauna can be easily broken down into 69 pieces and reassembled anywhere else. Because the interior walls are clad in honeycomb wood panels, the egg has a pod-like soap and LED lights illuminate the interior, all this contributes to the amazing structure… both in the interior and the exterior.

Image courtesy of: This is Collosal

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