Project name: Project Ö | Location: Finnish Archipelago | Completed: 2019 | Architect: Aleksi Hautamäki

Aleksi Hautamäki together with his partner Milla Selkimäki designed and created Project Ö, a summer cabin in the stunning Finnish Archipelago. The project is named Ö because ‘Ö’ means ‘an island’ in Swedish. The five-acre island that it refers to was bought by Milla and Aleksi two years ago and has since been the site of this construction.

Project Ö pays tribute to the buildings traditionally found throughout the Finnish archipelago: gabled roofs, long eaves, extended gutters and vertical cladding characterise the style.

Shaped as two long, slender lines, the cabins allow for large window space as well as a range of uses. For example, one end of the building can be used for evening drinks while the other end houses the children’s bedrooms. 

Project Ö amounts to only 70sq.m. in total but sleeps ten adults comfortably when needed. This is thanks to a highly minimal approach to the interiors – every space contains all of the necessary components using as little space as possible through intelligent management. 

  1. Cream Linen Crinkle Throw
  2. Homes For Our Time Book
  3. Natural Upholstered Slab Chair
  4. Bellow Salt and Pepper Grinders

The island is totally self-sufficient, using solar power for energy and filtered sea water for drinking water. The houses both have running water, flushing toilets, heating, air-conditioning and a modern kitchen. One sauna stove system provides underfloor heating as well as the hot running water for the property.

This property shows the possibilities of self-sufficient living and exemplifies the fact that it needn’t mean sacrifice. At once extremely utilitarian in its spatial design and luxurious in its features and aesthetic, Project Ö is a guideline for future projects.

Photography by Archmospheres.

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