Architecture

One Man Sauna combats urban decay

The One Man Sauna is based on the grounds of an abandoned factory in Bochum, Germany (Photo: Modulorbeat)
The One Man Sauna is based on the grounds of an abandoned factory in Bochum, Germany (Photo: Modulorbeat)
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The One Man Sauna is based on the grounds of an abandoned factory in Bochum, Germany (Photo: Modulorbeat)
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The One Man Sauna is based on the grounds of an abandoned factory in Bochum, Germany (Photo: Modulorbeat)
The One Man Sauna reaches a total height of 7.5 m (24.6 ft) (Photo: Modulorbeat)
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The One Man Sauna reaches a total height of 7.5 m (24.6 ft) (Photo: Modulorbeat)
The structure comprises three levels (Photo: Modulorbeat)
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The structure comprises three levels (Photo: Modulorbeat)
The Das Detroit Projekt is holding a festival in Bochum between April 26 to July 5 (Photo: Modulorbeat)
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The Das Detroit Projekt is holding a festival in Bochum between April 26 to July 5 (Photo: Modulorbeat)
The sauna was created as part of a project to help re-invigorate the local area following large job losses due to a factory closure (Photo: Modulorbeat)
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The sauna was created as part of a project to help re-invigorate the local area following large job losses due to a factory closure (Photo: Modulorbeat)
A ladder provides access to the top floor (Photo: Modulorbeat)
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A ladder provides access to the top floor (Photo: Modulorbeat)
The One Man Sauna is based on the grounds of an abandoned factory in Bochum, Germany (Photo: Modulorbeat)
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The One Man Sauna is based on the grounds of an abandoned factory in Bochum, Germany (Photo: Modulorbeat)
The sauna was designed as part of the Das Detroit Projekt (Photo: Modulorbeat)
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The sauna was designed as part of the Das Detroit Projekt (Photo: Modulorbeat)
Each level is navigated by ladder (Photo: Modulorbeat)
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Each level is navigated by ladder (Photo: Modulorbeat)
A small plunge pool lies at the bottom (Photo: Modulorbeat)
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A small plunge pool lies at the bottom (Photo: Modulorbeat)
A relaxation space on the top floor has a hatch that can be opened to let in the outside air (Photo: Modulorbeat)
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A relaxation space on the top floor has a hatch that can be opened to let in the outside air (Photo: Modulorbeat)
Each level is navigated by ladder (Photo: Modulorbeat)
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Each level is navigated by ladder (Photo: Modulorbeat)
There's a working sauna in the middle (Photo: Modulorbeat)
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There's a working sauna in the middle (Photo: Modulorbeat)
Architectural drawing of the One Man Sauna (Image: Modulorbeat)
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Architectural drawing of the One Man Sauna (Image: Modulorbeat)
Architectural drawing of the One Man Sauna (Image: Modulorbeat)
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Architectural drawing of the One Man Sauna (Image: Modulorbeat)
Architectural drawing of the One Man Sauna (Image: Modulorbeat)
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Architectural drawing of the One Man Sauna (Image: Modulorbeat)
Architectural drawing of the One Man Sauna (Image: Modulorbeat)
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Architectural drawing of the One Man Sauna (Image: Modulorbeat)
Architectural drawing of the One Man Sauna (Image: Modulorbeat)
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Architectural drawing of the One Man Sauna (Image: Modulorbeat)
Architectural drawing of the One Man Sauna (Image: Modulorbeat)
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Architectural drawing of the One Man Sauna (Image: Modulorbeat)

Those looking for a private place to relax could do worse than the One Man Sauna, by German architectural firm Modulorbeat. Based within the grounds of an abandoned factory in Bochum, Germany, the sauna was created as part of an ongoing project to help re-invigorate the local area following a factory closure and resulting job losses.

The One Man Sauna reaches a total height of 7.5 m (24.6 ft), and is constructed from stacked precast concrete frames, which are usually used for building shaft mines. The suitably industrial-looking structure comprises three levels: a plunge pool at the bottom, a working sauna in the middle, and a relaxation space on the top floor which features a hatch that can be opened to let in the outside air. Each level is navigated by ladder, and access is also granted by another outer ladder and hatch.

A small plunge pool lies at the bottom (Photo: Modulorbeat)
A small plunge pool lies at the bottom (Photo: Modulorbeat)

The sauna was created as part of the Bochum-based Das Detroit Projekt. Following the closure of the local Opel automobile plant and the loss of many jobs, the Das Detroit Projeckt was conceived as a means of encouraging local residents to become participants in re-invigorating the city, and hopefully avoid a fate similar to that which Detroit experienced following its own factory closures and subsequent decline.

The Das Detroit Projekt is holding a festival in Bochum from April 26 to July 5, and includes contributions from artists, architects, musicians, and academics. The festival features debates on the future of Bochum, and representatives from other major European Opel factory cities will be in attendance.

Source: Modulorbeat via Arch Daily

3 comments
The Skud
Brilliant recipe for solving the 'homeless' problem ... Person (drunk?) climbs up the side and in the hatch for shelter, slips on the ladder, drowns in the plunge pool! Workers clean them out each morning, refresh (we hope) the water and reset the trap! Just like catching mice, really.
BigGoofyGuy
I think it looks interesting. I would make it a little bigger and use a spiral staircase. Perhaps it could be a basis for a small house? 'The Skud', it would be a 'venus' drunk trap? Perhaps a basis for a horror movie? :O
HJ Toby
I read Gizmag articles on mini-homes and such things with great interest. Many of them contain interesting use of spaces. This "one-man sauna" project, however, seems weird and rather useless. I'm surprised so much effort was expended on a "dead in the water" concept.