Designed by London practice Something and Son, The Sweat Oratory is a space for people of all ages to come together, relax and sweat it out during the festival. Reviving the little known tradition of the Irish sweathouse, this is their first project in Ireland.
An eighteenth century cave-like forerunner to the modern sauna, sweathouses were considered a cure for numerous ailments, providing those living in remote locations
with a means to keep warm in the winter. Perhaps surprisingly, Ireland has a long spa tradition – a tradition associated not with luxury, but with health, healing and social interaction.
Built in collaboration with local carpenters and textile students, this unique installation is inspired by Kerry’s Gallarus Oratory. Using some of the latest 3D scanning technology to map the centuries old building, a small unmanned aircraft with a survey sensor will capture a photo realistic facade to scale, allowing a canvas recreation of the beautiful original.
Located on the stunning bay of Kinsale, the installation will bring this traditional structure into the 21st century through new technologies and thinking.
Please note that due to the location, this installation is not accessible for wheelchair users. Bring a towel and bottle of water.