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Video: Mobile Sauna, Åland by Denizen Works + Friends

See a video of the story behind the AJ Small Projects Award shortlisted mobile sauna in Finland

Video made by Camilla Robinson of Dapper Films

Located on a summer holiday island in the archipelago between Finland and Sweden, this self-build sauna was designed entirely in a small Moleskin notebook and built in nine days.

The client had tried unsuccessfully for 12 years to obtain planning permission for a sauna within her disused boat shed. Denizen was commissioned to find a solution that would circumnavigate the planning issues. After discovering that the planners would allow the creation of mobile structures - and inspired by stories from the family’s past - the Denizen Works’-led design team proposed building the sauna in the form of a large-scale sledge that could be hauled onto the frozen waters surrounding the house during the winter months.

The sauna was constructed from locally sourced timber and recycled windows, and was lined in pine cladding that the client had stored in her shed 12 years ago, when she submitted her initial planning application. It sits on a raised foundation so that it can be towed onto the ice by a tractor or horses.

The AJ Small Projects 2012 winning scheme will be displayed alongside the shortlist at the NLA, Store Street, London, 9 February - 10 March. The victors will be announced on the AJ’s website later today (8 February).

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