The project designed by graphic designer Milla Selkimaki and spatial designer Aleksi Hautamaki, founders of Bond Creative Agency, is called Ö, where Ö means an island in Swedish. The cabin includes a sauna and a workshop and its compact form provides functionality and comfort. The designers purchased the 5-acre island, on the edge of the Archipelago National Park, two years ago.
The buildings pay tribute to the traditional Finnish archipelago aesthetics, with cabled roof, long eaves, extended gutters, and vertical cladding. The shapes of the cabins are long and narrow, which allows for large window surfaces with varying views as well as possibilities for different types of functions at the opposite ends of the building.
The vision was to have all necessities within as little space as possible. All individual spaces have been designed to be as compact as possible without compromising functionality and comfort. The two buildings are just 70m² in total and yet they sleep 10 adults comfortably.
The island is completely self-sufficient. It uses solar power for energy and filtered seawater for drinking. The houses have running water, heating, cooling, and a modern kitchen. Hot running water is produced with a sauna stove and the same system provides heating to the floors.
DATE: 2019 / LOCATION: Kemiönsaari, Finland / PROGRAM: Private House / STATUS: built / DESIGN: Aleksi Hautamaki and Milla Selkimaki / PHOTOS: Archmospheres