As if defying the harsh climate in Lapland, Villa Valtanen envisioned by Arkkitehtitoimisto Louekari inspires coziness and warmth. This uncommon wilderness retreat composed of a living space, sauna, and woodshed, employs ancient timber structures connected by making use of principles of contemporary architecture: “The living area and sauna have a log frame with fishtail corner joints, which is a standard old Finnish building system. Among sauna and Living space is a lofty space with massive windows opening onto the forest landscape of Lapland.
The side walls are clad in tarred 45 mm planking which acts like a ‘raincoat’ and enables the use of a short eaves with practically no overhang. The gable walls are sheltered by a standard eaves with a lengthy overhang. The log frames, windows, doors, facade moldings and other joinery have been produced by local firms. The only items imported from outdoors were the solar panels and their batteries and the composting toilet”. As a Northern Norway enthusiast, this simple, however creative project made my day. How do you locate it?
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