Lakeside House / NOW for Architecture and Urbanism

© Maija Luutonen
© Maija Luutonen

Architects: NOW for Architecture and Urbanism / Tuomas Toivonen
Location: Saimaa lake,
Client: Private
Project area: 140 sqm
Project year: 2009
Sketches: Nene Tsuboi
Photographs: Maija Luutonen

© Maija Luutonen
© Maija Luutonen

The site is in Saimaa, the Finnish lake district. A rocky west-facing slope, growing pine, juniper, moss, lichen and blueberries, descends to the vast lake. The house is designed as a place to meet and spend time together for a multigenerational family. The plan investigates how architecture can be actively used by the inhabitants to moderate between a collective experience and individual privacy.

floor plan
floor plan
© Maija Luutonen
© Maija Luutonen

All specific, functional spaces are compact, and gathered around a large living room that opens to the magnificent lake view. The sleeping alcoves and bedroom are intimate spaces that can be closed or opened to the common central space with simple revolving and sliding walls. The building’s interiors are white, leaving room for the changing light and colours of the day, seasons and landscape.

Cite: "Lakeside House / NOW for Architecture and Urbanism" 10 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 02 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=40459>

20 comments

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    ha ha a bear!

    now that i’ve stopped laughing…i still prefer the pretty girl in the spanish housing complex from a few weeks back.

    but damn, yeah, a bear.

  2. Thumb up Thumb down 0

    An interesting scheme and a clean aproach…Just don’t get why the bedroom doesn’t connect directly with the bathroom…it’s right there!
    Congrats

  3. Thumb up Thumb down 0

    bkk-3 already did the bear… much more creatively in their original use as well (see miss sargfabrik). nice project though

  4. Thumb up Thumb down 0

    I BELIEVE THAT THE BEAR HAS GIVEN THE JUST POINT …… THAT BETTER ANFITRTION THE HOUSE TO SHOW YOU ……. IN END …… THE PROJECT IS …… AMAZING and CLEAN

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    Where damn goes the stairs behind the kitchen?? I try to understand this plan but feel quite unclear with this stair…

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