Specialist wood supplier Kebony has shared pictures of a new, luxury floating sauna that now graces TromsÃ¸ Harbour in Norway, offering visitors the chance to sweat out their concerns under the Northern Lights before taking a dip in the Arctic waters.
Kebony products were specified by the sauna’s designer, Skapa Architects, for the structure’s exterior faÃ§ade, roof and ocean terrace decking.
Developed in Norway, Kebony’s technology gives sustainably sourced softwoods the attributes of tropical hardwood by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol, an agricultural by-product, which polymerises the wood’s cells.
Visitors can sweat out their concerns under the Northern Lights before taking a dip in the Arctic waters (Photograph by David Jensen)
Some 2,000 metres of Kebony Character was used for the cladding, decking, roof and the shingled cladding around the sauna’s entrance.
Other companies behind the TromsÃ¸ Sauna are sauna specialists Pust and handcrafted furniture company, Ekte.
Kebony said the team worked through various challenges over the past year to "create the floating masterpiece which is seen by locals and visitors as a space to breathe, disconnect from the world whilst connecting with each other".
Some 2,000 metres of Kebony Character was used for the cladding, decking, and roof (Photograph by David Jensen)
"The public has really embraced the sauna and made it a part of their daily lives," said Erik Stange Ankre, of Pust.
"People come at all hours of the day, either for a morning swim, a lunch time bath or a night time session as late as10pm. The supreme finish provided by Ekte has really made the sauna feel like a little bit of everyday luxury for the people of TromsÃ¸, and of course, the beautiful Kebony makes it stand out as well."
Tromso sauna shingles.jpg CAPTION: Sauna customers themselves are making and installing over 1,000 shingles from Kebony Character to achieve the desired final appearance (Photograph by David Jensen)
Kim Daniel Arthur at Ekte said: "Seeing people enjoying the Northern Lights whilst relaxing in the sauna, or daring themselves to a dip in the arctic sea is such a rewarding feeling. To imagine that we built something that gives people a joyful escape, a little oasis in the middle of the town, is amazing!"
Sauna customers themselves are making and installing over 1,000 shingles from Kebony Character to achieve the desired final appearance.
Images by David Jensen