LITTLE BOX SAUNA was conceived, designed, built and deployed in 2015 as an experimental Creative Placemaking project, through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, and additional support from Mall of America and IKEA.

LBS is a “mobile hot spot” that generates vital and embodied social space in the contemporary city. The dynamic all-wood form moves from site to site, acting as a visible small-scale stitch in the holes of urban fabrics, over time weaving together a web of shared experiences between diverse groups of people and neighborhoods. Supporting social engagement, relaxation, health and fun in a custom-designed yet freely accessible structure, Little Box Sauna is at once is a beacon for quality and equality in the built environment.

The mobile sauna began its travels through the Bloomington, MN, community during the cold months of February and March of 2015, stopping at the front doors of area businesses to create a hub where visitors and employees could socialize in a way new to the community, based on Finnish and other cultural traditions of group sweat. The sauna has since head north into Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods, with winter stops at local businesses, parks, cultural institutions, and festivals.

LITTLE BOX SAUNA is for fun, relaxation and health, both for the individual and for the community. Come sauna with us!



  1. Great concept! Looking forward to seeing it in action.


  2. Mark

    Congratulations on this project! This is a wonderful community element.


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