Summer School FLOODED to open a floating sauna on 10th August in Soomaa!

The Estonian Academy of Arts Interior Architecture department’s international Summer School returned this summer for a second instalment, this time under the title FLOODED. Last year, the Summer School team ended up building floating object Veetee, a project that inspired minds far beyond Soomaa and Estonia. This year, our team of architecture and design students and tutors from the field built a floating sauna which will be opened for public on 10 August 2017 at 5 pm. The floating sauna will be anchored near the campfire site where Tõramaa River and Raudna River meet. The sauna ritual is intertwined with water – in this case, taking people directly onto the Soomaa streams which flood the roads, meadows and yards of Soomaa at least once a year, creating a new, unusual world. The sauna will be open for public use for travellers in the area after opening.

According to head of the interior architecture department Hannes Praks, a sauna makes a good research and design project for the architecture and design summer school, because sauna is layered and interesting space, covering architecture, interior architecture, constructional physics, climatic and cultural aspects. It’s also an excellent chance to introduce to the international team of the summer school a critically important spatial typology in Estonian culture.

Suvekooli FLOODED korraldab EKA sisearhitektuuri osakond koostöös Riigimetsa Majandamise Keskusega.

FLOODED is jointly organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts interior architecture department and Estonian Forest Management Centre.

Summer School tutors: b210 architects, Sami Rintala, Hannes Praks, Justin Tucker

Summer School participants: Fernanda Cabezas, Marie-Elise Chhabra, Fergal Clenaghan, Rasmus Exo, Sigrun Perla Gisladottir, Eetu Hyvönen, Zane Kalnina, Alexander Kamelhair, Laura Lammert, Johanne Kirketerp Nielsen, Sonia Sobrino Ralston, Lukas Scheidegger, Liina Soosaar, Gudmar Söderin, Asia Valencic, Wenzel Witt-Dörring

Support: Eesti Turbatooted, Liviko, RMK

The international summer school is taking place as part of the project entitled “Tallinn Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Edge/Blurring Boundaries”. The project has been made possible by 37,079.24 euros in funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

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