More than an example of DIY design, the SUNDAY / DIMANCHE PORTABLE SAUNA was created to stage invited performative site-specific actions combining aspects of craft, architecture, and sculpture.
The participatory kiosk is a retreat to activate unused parking lots, and to bring, health, cleansing and privileged to unused spaces and undervalued jobs.
The sauna features handcrafted furnishings intended to trigger an element of surprise and discovery in unexpected places. Quality construction elements sourced locally in Montreal include a Foyer Universel firesafe two-walled chimney and Jasztex Blue Jeanious insulation made from recycled blue jean fibers. Thoughtful accessories are provided to accommodate users’ practical needs, including a crate for storing wood, small lanterns, an ash bucket, and an outside towel rack. Resourcefulness, ethical construction, and a pioneering spirit inform the design, as does creating an atmosphere of welcome, everyday ritual, and care. This charming and functional structure will create an oasis of temporary leisure throughout Montreal in summer 2012.