A Lofty Sauna
In autumn 2014, raumlaborberlin first called on the citizens of Göteborg to take creative control of the harbour. Under the leitmotiv of bathing culture, the Göteborgers created an entrance hall made of used windows; furthermore, they built a changing and shower area of empty wine bottles.
At the beginning of 2015, the Berliners repeated their open call. In February, a sauna was inaugurated on a high platform in the harbour’s basin. This lofty structure now serves as a visible symbol of the new open-air swimming area. The exterior of this sculptural, four-legged structure is clad with corrugated sheet metal that has a life of use behind it. The interior consists of thin wooden shingles.
In the meantime the fourth, biggest yet most reticent cooperative project has been completed: an illuminated floating pool in the harbour basin. However, the plans forged by raumlaborberlin and the city’s residents go further: an old greenhouse is to be moved to a new shoreline location and take on an unusual new hybrid role as a place to raise vegetables and a rest area for the sauna guests.