Summer House on the Baltic Sea Island / Pluspuu Oy

Summer House on the Baltic Sea Island / Pluspuu Oy

© Samuli Miettinen    © Samuli Miettinen    © Samuli Miettinen    © Samuli Miettinen    + 19

  • Architects: Pluspuu Oy
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  114
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Photographs Photographs:  Samuli Miettinen
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Ruukki, Ekovilla, Pluspuu
  • Project Manager:Arto Saksa
  • Contractor:Jarkko Nikkilä
  • Architect In Charge:Esa Liesmäki
  • Engineer:Mikko Kyläkoski
  • Country:Finland
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© Samuli Miettinen
© Samuli Miettinen

Text description provided by the architects. This unique rocky Island on the Baltic Sea belongs to the family living in Helsinki.

The Island is 5,5 hectares and located in outer sea with huge sea views. The starting point to architectural planning was Pluspuu models Isokari and Luoto - villa and sauna. The houses were planned to different places on the island - distance about 900 m.

Site Plan
Site Plan

House models were modified according to family’s wishes and hopes and were fitted to the building sites rocky terrain and nature. The target was to plan houses like birds do their nests - they have to see everything from nest but no one has to see the nest.

© Samuli Miettinen
© Samuli Miettinen

Both houses are in two parts under the same roof. In the main house the rooms for quests are separated with handy decked intermediate space. And in the sauna house the sauna and washroom are separated from dressing room.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan
Elevations
Elevations
Sauna Floor
Sauna Floor

The most important thing in architectural design was naturally to catch the sea view and rocky nature to the part of houses. Only large and simple windows separates those.

© Samuli Miettinen
© Samuli Miettinen

The height positions of the houses were carefully planned. The house, large terrace made of Siberian larch and the rocky beach are in great harmony.

© Samuli Miettinen
© Samuli Miettinen

The circumstances in this island are really hard. In winter there may be snow one meter or more and temperature -25 degrees. In the summertime may easily be +30 degrees and sunshine whole day - on the other hand the wind and rain may be 35 meters/second.

© Samuli Miettinen
© Samuli Miettinen

Both houses are made of Pluspuu logs with special modern shape. There are no traditional log corners or overlaps. This makes possible modern architectural design.

Log is an excellent material for this kind of buildings in hard circumstances - it is strong and lasting and it breaths - you can leave  the building  without heating even in the winter if you don't use the it.  In addition to architectural design there's been paid great attention to engineering design. There is a special sealing between logs to keep the rainwater outside. Also in the eaves there are special wind deflectors. All the insulation materials are natural and breathing wooden fiber and linen. Plastics are not used. There are no nails also on outer surface.

© Samuli Miettinen
© Samuli Miettinen

Log is the most used wall material in Finnish summer houses. This project represents modern Finnish and Scandinavian log cottage design at its best. 

© Samuli Miettinen
© Samuli Miettinen

Product Description. Both buildings are made of  modern logs without traditional log corners. The main houses walls are made of log frame + additional wooden fibre insulation + internal surface made of plasterboards. Sauna walls are made of solid log – inside painted white.

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Cite: "Summer House on the Baltic Sea Island / Pluspuu Oy" 02 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/804405/summer-house-on-the-baltic-sea-island-pluspuu-oy> ISSN 0719-8884

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