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the sauna

September, 2019 - now

Pension Almonde, Rotterdam

Goda Verikaite

In collaboration with: No Purpose (Jack Bardwell, Heejung Kim, Daniele Valentino, Pichaya Puapoomcharoen, Janneke Derksen, Klodiana Millona, Yuan-Chun Liu), Erik Jutten, Ali Shobeiri and Pension Almonde community

Almonde sauna blog: https://almondesauna.wordpress.com/

 

day 01

The sauna idea started in September (2019). After sketching and discussing it was decided to open sauna in Pension Almonde, a meeting point, a temporary home for city nomads and neighbourhood initiatives. Almondestraat is the first street in Rotterdam with a communal sauna for its residents. After three months (8 workshops) of building up together with a community, Almonde sauna was finally ready to host all the frozen souls and invite to share sweat, tea and warm rituals together. 

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isolating walls

We chose the garden sheds in the backyard of Pension Amonde  as a skeleton for our sauna and changing room. It took a while to prepare the space (probably it has not been used for a long time). 

It is always good to warm up with a soup prepared by master chef Jack in-between building up on o cold winter day.

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soup break

cutting boards

cooling down

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ready!