Urban summer cabin, is a tiny summer holiday home located in Kivinokka, Helsinki, Finland. It has been designed by Mattila & Merz studio and built in 2012, both by the studio and by the Anttila family itself.Urban summer cabin encloses 118sqm, consciously including a small kitchen, a living room and a loft that houses the only room, or in this case, a place to sleep. Further more, it has a little storage room, that, among other things saves the fishing elements, bottles of gas and other necessities. This storage room also leaves room for storing hammocks.
The materials used for the construction of Urban summer cabin, are also modest. It is built entirely in wood, made with timber ribbons from the coniferous Finnish forest itself. On the other hand the roof, also has a felt bitumen layer. The openings, doors and windows, are original, and have been recovered and reused, although their frames are new and were made by a carpenter.All the walls of urban summer cabin have at least one window, so landscape can be always present. Framing the vegetation, functions as the decoration of the place, which, in addition, incites its users to go out and enjoy the outdoors.
Urban summer cabin is an example of simple and collaborative design
Urban summer cabin is a simple construction, pure on the outside and inside. All its facades are painted dark, standing out among the green landscape. The interior, all in a natural wood color, reflects the simplicity of its construction, while still generating a cozy sense of shelter.
The family, client of the project, built the foundations and structure of Urban summer cabin, leaving the finishing details in the architects hands. It is possible to think, that there is something transcendental in this small house, to have been constructed by the own clients, has a perceptible trace in it.One of the beauties, maybe most remarkable of this small construction is that it has been done collectively, part by part, but with the common goal in saving, collaboration and the simplicity of its utility for maximum enjoyment of the place.
Urban summer cabin shows in its architecture that is not necessary a great luxury, that it is enough covering the basic necessities, to give way the essence, the relation between landscape, the architecture and its users.
Photos by Kaapo Kamu y Laura Mattila