Read the story of how the Finnish rooftop sauna at Southbank Centre, London, was designed and built in cooperation with Finnish sauna and design experts. Written by Paul Denton, Creative Producer in Southbank Centre.

“At more than a thousand years old, and in a country where there are more saunas than cars – Sauna is a huge part of Finnish culture.

A new wave of public saunas are the hottest trend sweeping Finland. This makes them some of Helsinki’s coolest spots in both summer and winter, drawing Finns and tourists of all ages to unwind, meet with friends and family and relax. Celebrating this key part of Finnish culture, Southbank Centre brings this one-of-a-kind sauna experience to the heart of London.

The rooftop sauna is the result of collaboration between special experts

The Finnish Rooftop Sauna is a unique creative collaboration which combines beautiful Nordic design and a bespoke artist commission. We have joined the talents of students from Aalto ARTS, University, Helsinki (MA Product and Spatial Design) Pedro Pablo Garcia Alcazar, Markus Holste, Monica Romagnoli and Miki Sordi with Finnish artist Jaakko Pernu to create something completely unique for our site.

This striking collaboration is part of Nordic Matters – Southbank Centre’s year-long focus on the eight Nordic nations in 2017. The multilayered programme of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, participation, talks and debates spans the full range of Southbank Centre’s existing festival programme.

This bold and ambitious project in the heart of London has been supported wholeheartedly by Sauna from Finland. They have provided invaluable support by brokering some key relationships with sauna specialists. The association also provided introductions to the wider sauna community in Finland. Their good humour and guidance have helped our sauna become a truthful and greater experience for UK audiences to enjoy.”

Paul Denton
Creative Producer
Southbank Centre

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  • Interbad
  • Visit Jyväskylä Region
  • Sokos Hotels
  • Sauna Capital Tampere