Enjoy the Ultimate Sauna Experience in Paris This Winter

Montage of Solar Egg in Paris | © Vinciane Verguethen
Montage of Solar Egg in Paris | © Vinciane Verguethen
Photo of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor16 August 2017

Back in May, Swedish duo Bigert & Bergström unveiled Solar Egg, a unique art installation and working sauna for the residents and visitors of Kiruna in Sweden. This November, the egg will travel to Paris to the grounds of the Swedish Institute for a limited run of three weekends.

Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström devised the ingenious interactive sculpture in the form of an egg-shaped working sauna as part of Riksbyggen’s regeneration of Sweden’s northernmost town, Kiruna.

Bigert & Bergström, Solar Egg, 2017 | Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

Now Parisians and tourists alike will be able to sample this unique sauna experience when it travels to the Swedish Institute in the Marais this winter, as part of the Swedish Design Moves initiative that promotes Swedish design, architecture and fashion internationally.

Montage of Solar Egg in Paris | © Vinciane Verguethen

Solar Egg’s residency at the institute’s beautiful home of Hôtel de Marle forms part of the relaunch programme after the historic mansion’s major renovations.

Swedish Institute in Paris | Photo: Julien Bourgeois

So what can you expect from Solar Egg? Well, the reflective sculpture is made from sheets of golden stainless steel, which houses a gorgeous wood-clad sauna that is heated by a heart-shaped wood-burner. Up to eight people will be able to book this thoroughly enjoyable and convivial recreational excursion.

As Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström said: ‘Saunas are sacrosanct places where you can discuss all manner of things – from the big to the small.’

Interior of Bigert & Bergström's Solar Egg | Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

Solar Egg will be at the Swedish Institute, 11 Rue Payenne, 75003, Paris from November 25 to December 10, 2017. The Sauna will only be open on Saturday and Sunday between 12pm – 6pm.

Tickets will be released via the Swedish Institute one week before each event.

Read more about the Solar Egg here and discover other unusual, reflective artworks around the world, like Arnaud Lapierre’s Immersive Sculpture in Shanghai.

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