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Solar Egg in Paris
rue Payenne Leisure Spa Facility in Paris, France – sauna design by Bigert & Bergström
3 Nov 2017
Solar Egg moves to Paris
Design: Bigert & Bergström
Location: The Swedish Institute of Paris, 11 rue Payenne, 75003, Paris, France
Photos: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Riksbyggen’s internationally-acclaimed egg-shaped sauna, Solar Egg, by artists Bigert and Bergström, has been invited to be part of the Swedish Design Moves Paris initiative. For three weeks, starting on the 25th of November, Parisians will get the chance to experience both Swedish design and sauna traditions.
Riksbyggen’s Solar Egg has been invited to participate in Visit Sweden’s initiative, Swedish Design Moves Paris. The purpose of the initiative, made in cooperation with the Swedish Institute of Paris, is to draw attention to Swedish design, architecture and fashion in France.
The artists behind the 4x5m sauna, made of gold-plated stainless steel are the duo Bigert & Bergström, says Mathias Sandberg, Marketing and Sales Manager at Riksbyggen.
“We are incredibly proud here at Riksbyggen to represent Swedish architecture and design. The exhibition will discuss the future of urban planning and highlight Kiruna as an exciting example of social sustainability. Visitors will be able to see and experience our long-term commitment to the renewal of the city, in the symbol of the Solar egg.
From the 15th of November to the 10th of December, the Solar Egg will be placed in the courtyard of the Swedish Institute in central Paris. Swedish fashion designer Diana Orving has designed kimonos for visitors to use at the exhibition.
“In Kiruna, you could walk straight out into the northern landscape that was reflected on the surface of the Solar Egg. In the fashion capital of Paris, it’s a different story. Therefore, we’re adding another layer to the experience in cooperation with Swedish designer Diana Orving,” says Mathias Sandberg.
Visit Sweden wants to attract design, architecture and fashion interested visitors to the country by hosting activities this fall. The sauna by Riksbyggen is one of the biggest installations to land in Paris, part of their wide-ranging program.
“We believe that Solar Egg can raise awareness of Sweden as a design nation. Solar Egg is a good platform for stories about Swedish design and architecture that can be experienced in Sweden, where our sauna tradition is one example of our lifestyle close to nature,” says Michael Persson Gripkow, Chief Brand and Communications Officer at Visit Sweden.
The Solar Egg was recently recognised with a Red Dot and German Design Award. It has been nominated in the London International Awards and the Swedish Design Prize. Bigert & Bergström are currently preparing their large-scale exhibition at the gallery Artipelag in Stockholm.
The sauna by Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström and commissioned by Riksbyggen, is designed to draw attention to the regeneration of the city of Kiruna. Inside, there is a wood burning stove in the shape of a human heart. Riksbyggen is a cooperative company that develops new housing in Sweden. Riksbyggen is also one of Sweden’s largest property managers with tenant-owner associations as well as commercial and public property owners as customers. Riksbyggen and LKAB have signed an agreement to build 250 new apartments in the Malm fields of northern Sweden over the next ten years. First on the market is the Fjällvyn association, with 47 apartments at the foot of the ski slope in Luossavaara. Riksbyggen’s aims to create attractive and sustainable accommodations for many people.
Photography: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
The images were taken July 2017, from the Solar Egg’s temporary location in Björkliden, with views of Torneträsk and Lapporten.
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