In the Finnish lake district of Saimma, NOW for Architecture and Urbanism and Tuomas Toivonen collaborated to design a modern retreat on a rocky hillside site. The steep site was left in its natural state, and is covered with native evergreens, lichen, and blueberries as it descends toward the lake.
The home was conceived as a place for a multigenerational family to gather and spend time together. The plan of the home is an exercise in moderation between “a collective experience and individual privacy.” To achieve this specific objective, the architects arranged a series of private spaces around a large living room that opens to views of the lake. The relationship between private and public spaces can be easily altered with sliding and revolving walls. A strict white palette was used, allowing the bright interior to reflect the changing colors of the environment throughout the day and individual seasons.
Photographs by: Maija Luutonen
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Source: Arch Daily