A group of students from the Estonian Academy of Arts came together to design a floating pavilion for the waterway in the Soomaa forests. Mentored by professional architects and designers, the team was tasked to create an environment that responded to its context and the more basic needs of its users.
The triangular shelter protects occupants from the elements, an integrate fire pit enables them to cook and keep warm, while a sauna component was originally included to provide comfort on the coldest of days. The complete structure is perfectly crafted from timber planks in a characteristically Scandinavian style. The floating pavilion is open to the public as a natural installation, welcoming visitors to approach it by canoe or kayak from its flanking wooden docks.
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