The world's largest sauna is located on Sandhornøya south of Bodø. This majestic building, with its large glass windows, is located at an idyllic setting on a white beach. The sauna, that can accommodate over 120 people, is inspired by Norwegian cultural life and is a nomadic initiative for the art and cultural project SALT. The architecture has influences from Norwegian fish racks, and offer you a sit in the huge sauna and get warm while being embraced by a wonderful view. Here guests can see the northern lights over the spectacular Arctic Ocean through the large glass panels, while they quietly enjoy a glass dew fresh Chardonney from the bar.
The glass used in the triangular glass facade is Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear, 6 mm. Glass facade weighs almost 2.5 tonnes and is insulated with tempered glass on the inside, Pilkington Insulight™ Protect. The laminated glass roof of the small cabins are supplied by Bodø Glass & Ramme.
Both Agora and the other buildings are designed to be easily dismantled and moved to another location. Agora will have it's location on the two-kilometer-long beach on Sandhornøya until autumn 2016 and then go onward journey to other regions, such as Russia, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Alaska.
SALT was first installed at Sandhornøya in 2014. Since then, the project has been for some time in Bergen and now it has been moved to Oslo.
Photo: Trond Kristiansen