The mobile sauna was specifically designed for the campus of Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design, serving as a focal point for socializing and relaxation. Given the university's location, surrounded by a vast park along the river Saale, the concept emerged to create a mobile sauna. This design allows for sauna sessions both on and around the campus, followed by a refreshing cooldown directly in the river.
The transparency and lightness of the design stand in contrast to the typically massive and rustic wooden constructions of traditional saunas. The microarchitecture accommodates 4 to 5 people and can be set up and moved by just 3 people. An essential aspect of the implementation was ensuring accessibility for both students and faculty. This was achieved through integration into the university website and a dedicated page with instructions on how to use the sauna properly. To ensure sustainability, the energy source is derived from waste wood from the university's model construction workshops. This resource is conveniently made available to employees through the internal ordering system.

The sauna's standing leg transforms into a drawbar during transport, a concept inspired by the wheelbarrow principle. This design enables the entire weight of the sauna to be moved on a single axle. The overhanging roof serves a dual purpose: providing a counterweight during assembly and disassembly, while also stabilizing the weight of the entire structure.
To enhance safety and comfort, the stove is fired from the outside, eliminating the presence of exhaust fumes inside the sauna.


Emil Löber and Friedrich Gerlach


Prof. Christian Zöllner and Amelie Goldfuß
Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design


Harvia Group, SALUX GmbH, TMS Thüringer Metall-, und Stahlservice GmbH, Hornbach Baumarkt Halle AG, EGO Dichtstoffwerke GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG