Minimalist forest house

This lakeside residence in Finland was built in a dense forest, but only one tree was removed to bring the project to life. The 3 square meter house designed by Studio Puisto was determined by the view. The further north you move on the property, the more the seascape opens up. On the other hand, the shortest distance to the bank was accurately determined.

The building consists of three interlocking square masses. The main volume contains the living, sleeping and dining areas, while the smaller ones house the sauna, garage and technical facilities. ‘The basic idea behind the main mass is the core of the open square space where all the lights are integrated and much of the functionality is present. The hallway, sleeping areas, entertainment area and study are located in spatially distributed “caves”. Inside the core is a utility room, toilets and a walk-in closet. There is no traditional division into rooms, but rooms can be separated by sliding doors if desired. The core with all its surfaces and attachments is made of oiled walnut wood. Outside the core, the walls and ceilings, as well as the vertical structures, are made of black oil. The floor consists of black, oil-waxed oak parquet. The sauna and washrooms contrast with the dark main mass with paraffin-oiled alder on all surfaces. In addition, the shower features ceramic tile to match the wood.

The ever-changing landscape remains visible thanks to a solar shading system integrated into the outer surface of the wall structure. The doors and windows of the house are 2.3 meters high. Everything up to this height is either glass or wood that has been painted black, while everything above and below is pre-patinated sheet zinc. The house seems to be peacefully integrated with nature, although it looks minimalist and geometric, it is more harmonious and natural. Get more of this gorgeous minimal home below!

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