Solar Egg is a sauna created by the artists Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström on behalf of Riksbyggen, a Swedish urban developer. It draws inspiration from Kiruna’s Arctic climate, where light conditions change with the seasons from 24-hour winter darkness to round-the-clock midsummer sun. The egg shape symbolizes the rebirth and the start of Kiruna’s urban transformation that involves the relocation of entire city districts in response to ground subsidence caused by decades of iron ore mining.
Statement of the jury
With its striking polygonal form, has an otherworldly look about it – an effect that is accentuated by its gold mirrored surfaces. No less iconic is the boiler with its irregular metal mesh. An exceptional sauna design, one that attracts considerable attention.