Nomadic Sauna

136 Manchester St

Members of the public are invited to sit on the ground (covered with eucalyptus leaves) by the crackling fire and enjoy a Native American inspired sauna, right in the heart of the city.

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About this project

"Be confident with your belly, dress comfortably and come join us in the Nomadic Sauna."  - Fabricio Fernandes

The Nomadic Sauna is a portable sauna that can be easily put together and dismantled to sit on different sites. The pine wood-structured, canvas-covered dome and pot-belly stove provide a unique space within an urban context.  It was assembled on the first day of FESTA 2013 and hosted sessions throughout the festival.  On site at The Garden, there was also space for changing and a bath as well.

This piece of transitional architecture is best experienced from the inside, where the pot-belly fire gently glows and creates a dimly-lit atmosphere – one that offers a new social experience of downtown Christchurch.

Supported by:

FESTA, Caffe Prima


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