wa_sauna, a motor-powered, floating sauna, explores ideas of community, journey, and retreat. Following in the tradition of saunas as a place for gathering, wa_sauna provides a place for friends and the community to share a unique experience on the water.

Architect: GO’C (Jon Gentry AIA, Aimée O’Carroll ARB)
Engineer: Swenson Say Faget
Photographer: Kevin Scott

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Boaters and kayakers can venture out and tie off to the surrounding deck. The 240-square-foot sauna is powered by an electric trolling motor, allowing it to quietly explore Seattle’s lakes.

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The sauna can accommodate up to six people and is heated by a wood burning stove. The surrounding water serves as a natural cold plunge post sauna.

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Design team:

Fashion shoot credits

Models: Binta Dibba, Katie Joy
Hair: Maria Espinoza
Make-up: Natalia Parker


Deck: Marine-grade plywood with clear varnish
Siding: Preservative Treated plywood w/ semi-transparent ebony stain
Roofing: Sarnatil G-410 roofing membrane
Slot Windows: 3/8” clear acrylic panels
Interior Walls and Ceiling: T&G Spruce
Interior Deck: Marine-grade plywood with clear varnish
Duckboard: Spruce
Benches: Spruce
Deck Frame: Pre-manufactured aluminum frame by Rolling Barge
Floatation: (28) 55-gallon plastic drums
Motor: Minn Kota Electric Trolling Motor, 112 lb. 36-volt
Batteries: (3) 12-volt Optimum deep-cycle marine batteries
Wood Burning Sauna Stove: Black Line Series 16 CK
Sauna Interior Kit: Finnleo
Flue Pipe: DuraVent


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