While designing a house for their friends, Huttunen + Lipasti + Pakkanen Architects’ residence enhances a simplistic form with an acute attention to material selection and detailing. Situated in the rocky island terrain of Naantali, Finland, Villa Mecklin was built at a leisurely pace with the architects working through construction details on site. “Villa Mecklin has mainly been a self-build project. Contract documents or complete working drawings were not necessary because any problems were resolved on site,” explained the architects.
More photographs and more about the residence after the break.
Surrounded by gigantic rocks and low vegetation, the residence is nestled into the landscape amidst a narrow zone of trees upon a small depression in the rocks. The residence – made of untreated wood which will gradually turn grey – gently rests upon the ground as a passive addition to the wilderness.
While the crisp interior hosts a small living space, the prominent terrace is truly the focal point of the design. The terrace extends dramatically toward the water and the sloping sides define the great view in a non-constrictive way. A sunken fireplace, accessed via a hatch in the decking, sits in the middle.
Photography by Marko Huttunen.
As seen on the Contemporist.