The bathhouse dates back all the way to the 1870's, and in the 19th century Farsund there was hardly anyone who could afford their own bathroom or bathtub. Such a luxury was reserved for the richest. In order to improve public health, most populated cities built their own public baths. Such public bathing institutions were more unusual in the small towns, and Farsund was no exception. The vast majority had to take care of a stamp at home on the kitchen floor. However, a bath in the sea had all the advice. The swimming area at Svinehagen, probably built in the 1870s, however, was for the few. For functionaries and businessmen as a summertime, they could provide a refreshing dip during the dinner break. An interest company owned the bathhouse and only invited members could make use of the establishment. The bathhouse was to the benefit of anyone and to great annoyance for others. Neither residents in the pig garden nor casual passers-by felt foolishly by the intelligent gentlemen who occasionally present themselves in zuludragt in the open bathhouse door, wrote a despised citizen in 1888. They did not appreciate that the same gentlemen "From the back of the bathhouse, try out in the open air". The most engaging episode was this: "The same gentlemen, who often enjoyed themselves in the" Emperor's new clothes "last summer, paaland and ivand performed a rewarding concert in what they screamed, shouted, shouting and joking, so one might think Provided for a war dance among Africa's human beings'. The concert attracted curious children to the bathhouse and it was very unfortunate, yes directly harmful. So, feared citizens would like it differently. It was not the sea bathing they wanted to live, but they wanted the annoying splash out of town. In 1890 a new bathhouse was built on Naudodden. It was called Hygea. It was not just pressure from the oponion that led to it. In Svinehagen there were many ships and boats in storage and activity was great. Naturally, the water was not particularly clean and refreshing as desired. Besides, the seafarers and port workers were angry with women who wanted to swim. During the 2nd world war the bathhouse was completely destroyed, but was rebuilt in 1954.
It all startet out as an idea 7 years ago. The non-profit organisation "Friends of the bath house" ordered a overall plan for the bathhouse and it's surroundings from the local architectcompany Stiv kuling architects. As a part of this plan the surroundings where upgraded. The last part of the plan was building a sauna.
In february 2013 we arranged a workshop for a group of students at The Oslo Scool of Architecture and Design. Ideas were allowed to fly, consepts were discussed and finally a diversity of different models were built.
Springtime 2015 we put the showel in the ground and made the basis for the building. Then we had a nine days intens workshop together with the students. The ambitious plan, to say the least, was to raise and finish the building. And we did it!
To get access to the sauna you can purchase a drop in ticket from this website. You can pay with Paypal, Visa and other creditcards. After payment a 4 digit code is available for download, and you can use this code to open the door.
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- CHANGING ROOMS ARE IN THE MAIN BUILDING
- SHOWER BEFORE USING THE SAUNA
- USE TOWEL FOR SITTING ON THE BENCH
- USE ONLY FRESHWATER FROM TAP ON THE OVEN
- ALCHOHOL IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE SAUNA
- SHOW RESPECT FOR OTHER GUESTS
- GUESTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR LEAVING THE SAUNA CLEAN AND IN ORDER
- IF YOU AT ANY POINT START FEELING DISSY OG SLEEPY, PLEASE LEAVE THE SAUNA IMMEDIATELY
ENJOY THE VIEW AND THE TEMPERATURE!