swedish arabesque

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Year 2015 collection. “Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one’s bath like a lump of sugar.” Pablo Picasso

I bet when you first saw this photo you thought about something religious related… Maybe so but the religion in this case is different, is a religion of health and pleasure. Varberg’s town in the West coast of Sweden is know as the health resort of Sweden. Since early 1800, when the steam boats started to cross the North sea waters, Varberg municipality became quickly the area with the highest density of spas in the Country.  Kallbadhuset (the house of cold baths) as pictured here exists since 1903 but before that there were two previous versions. In the winter of 1902 the West coast of Sweden was ravaged by the strongest and worst storm ever registered in Sweden history. All was gone. This one was completely rebuilt using new techniques to resist strong winds and rough weathers. By the look, built over poles it seems rather fragile but it counts 112 years at the moment I write these notes!

Cold baths combined with sauna are part of Swedish tradition and exist in many parts of the country. For private reasons, these houses consists of two different gender sections because the tradition is to do it necked. People using them take a bath in the cold waters (bellow the house) and immediately enter the sauna on the upper level, giving them a fresh health feeling.