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Escape to Nature: Oslo Works’ Wooden Sauna on Norwegian Shore

Hotspot Sauna, Nesodden, No / Oslo Works AS

Hotspot, a communal sauna designed by Oslo Works, is a remote retreat nestled within the stunning natural landscape of Norway. This innovative sauna is redefining the concept of cool cabins with its warm and inviting atmosphere. Oslo Works has carefully crafted Hotspot to minimize its environmental impact and seamlessly blend into the surrounding coastal landscape.

Hotspot Sauna, Nesodden, No / Oslo Works AS

The sauna features a modular design, allowing for easy transportation and assembly, making it accessible even in remote locations. Divided into two sections connected by a narrow open passage, Hotspot includes changing rooms and storage on one side, while the other houses the sauna chamber complete with a wood-fired oven. The design incorporates robust wood modules and is adorned with burnt and oiled ore pine shingles, further enhancing its integration with the natural environment.

Hotspot Sauna, Nesodden, No / Oslo Works AS

Sauna culture has been on the rise in Scandinavia, with communities coming together to create shared spaces for relaxation and socializing along the shore. The local community along the Nesodden peninsula, near Oslo, sought to expand their communal sauna offerings and envisioned an eco-friendly sanctuary with panoramic views. Oslo Works’ concept for Hotspot not only integrates the sauna with its surroundings but also fosters a sense of togetherness. The design approach is rooted in simplicity and purity, reflecting the team’s belief that constructing a sauna has few rules.

Hotspot Sauna, Nesodden, No / Oslo Works AS

To ensure energy efficiency, Hotspot incorporates ample insulation and a heating device, allowing it to heat up without excessive energy consumption. Additionally, the design provides access to cooling water or snow. The versatility of Hotspot is another notable feature, as it can be tailored to residents’ preferences. Optional add-ons such as diving boards, showers, roof terraces, or solar panels can be incorporated, making Hotspot a customizable and adaptable module. Furthermore, these modules can be interconnected with other Hotspots to form a collective cluster.

Hotspot Sauna, Nesodden, No / Oslo Works AS

Overall, Hotspot by Oslo Works is a remarkable communal sauna that not only provides a serene retreat but also embraces sustainable design principles. Its integration with the natural landscape and commitment to energy efficiency make it a standout addition to the growing sauna culture in Scandinavia.

The sauna will be available for booking through nesoddenfolkebadstu.no during spring 2024.

Image courtesy of Marte Garmann