Helsinki Cabin

Helsinki Cabin - Exterior

This small cabin was designed by Verstas Architects and is located just outside of Helsinki. It’s a modern Mökki, a traditional Finnish summer cottage. It’s heated by wood and has views to a bay through the expansive windows up front.

Inside you’ll find built-in furniture can be transformed from seating space to sleeping space and a small sleeping loft for children. The kitchen’s floor is a step down from the main living space with a bit of shoe storage below the step – a clever way of keeping the floors clean – and a nice dual use for the kitchen. The cabin has 14 square meters (150 square feet) of living space.

What I don’t see is a bathroom. In the cross section drawing (below) a shed roofed space is visible on the back of the cabin. I’m not sure if that’s a shed, bathroom, tiny sauna (common companion to a Mökki), utility room, or just storage.

Photos by Rauno Träskelin. To see more visit Verstas Architects.

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Helsinki Cabin - Cross Section

1 comment

  1. L

    I just stumbled on this post and thought I might give some more info, since I happen to own a similar cottage myself.

    This is in fact a contemporary take on not so much a traditional Finnish cottage as a peculiarly Helsinki one. In Helsinki there are a number of public parks that have these tiny cottages that originated in the 1920s or so, as working peoples’ DIY summer homes, a poor folks’ version of the allotment garden cottages which are also popular across Northern Europe. The city first just tolerated the presence of these shacks and huts and then gradually began regulating them, and likewise their owners improved them into more solid structures. There are many hundreds of them today, and more are being built (although the biggest cottage park by far, Kivinokka, is now in danger of being re-zoned for residential use).

    So this cottage, which I would guess is in Lauttasaari, has been designed to fit Helsinki City regulations which dictate its maximum dimensions, as well as the absence of plumbing and mains power (no saunas allowed either). The kitchen with its big windows reflects the most popular classic design, a hut with a little glass veranda at one end.

    As for the lack of a bathroom, since the cottages are located within the city, there are public toilets, and some of the parks also have public saunas. Obviously other urban amenities are also within easy reach (it’s a ten minute walk to the Metro and shops from mine).

    That space at the back of this cottage would be storage space for tools, gas bottles etc.

    Googling for images of “kesämaja” or “Kivinokka” will yield some more examples of these huts.

    Anyway, thanks for your great blog!

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