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

Nido Micro Cabin

Nido Micro Cabin - Sept 2012

Robin Falck’s lakeside cabin in Finland is just 96 square feet, has a 50 square foot loft, and required no permit to build. It took him about two weeks to build it in 2010 and the total cost was about $10,500 in materials.  Loosely translated Nido means Bird’s nest in Italian, which speaks to the feeling created inside by the large lake facing window open to the lake.

As you might have guessed Robin is a designer – the careful attention to detail and balanced un-box-like design might give that away. You can find him living & working in Helsinki. In addition to building himself a micro cabin for fun, he also works on illustrations, product design or interior design.

You can find Robin online on Twitter @robinfalck, and see his work on his website,

Nido Micro Cabin - Construction Nido Micro Cabin - Entry

Nido Micro Cabin - Interior

Nido Micro Cabin - Loft

Nido Micro Cabin - Front

Nido Micro Cabin - Side