casagrande laboratory: apelle house, finland casagrande laboratory: apelle house, finland
may 07, 2013

casagrande laboratory: apelle house, finland

‘apelle house’ by casagrande laboratory, karjaa, finlandimage © adda zeiall images courtesy of marco casagrande

 

 

 

dubbed ‘the boat’ a single family home on a bedrock-ridden site uses the traditional finnish notion of ‘tupa’ or multifunctionality to create a consolidated architecture that is a mediator between the surrounding forest and domestic life. the latest project by international practice casagrande laboratory capitalizes on the tradition of finnish carpentry and craftmanship to create a continuous chamber of space with an adaptable program. while the wooden construction is in dialogue with a gesture of black brick, the material palette both blends with and invites the forest into the home.

 

the flexible notion of ‘pirtti’ or ‘tupa’ reframes the dwelling as a place for eating and socializing that can quickly change into a studio space or gym. notions of collective actions and private actions are blurred within the lightly partitioned volume, favoring bands of light that admit ribbons of glazing to act as dividers between rooms. the insulation provided by the wooden construction is supported by two fireplaces. structural support for the main structure lies in a smaller apsidal volume that acts as an outrigger. in this way, the use of maritime concepts pervades the very construction of the space; additionally, two local carpenters that specialize in ship-building fabricated the home in the manner they would a boat. 

views of the wooden envelope as slats admit light image © adda zei

black brick bolsters the material palette of the home image © adda zei

round windows support the maritime concept of the space image © adda zei

image © adda zei

view of the smaller, ‘outrigger’ volume that structurally supports the main space image © adda zei

view of the entrance overhang image © adda zei

a gesture of black brick is in dialogue with the horizontal wooden slats image © adda zei

the beginning of the ‘tube-like’ space image © adda zei

the living area gives way to the dining area and kitchen image © adda zei

bands of light and glazing partition the space image © adda zei

image © adda zei

the home is characterized by a high level of adaptability image © adda zei

interior view shows a restrained color palette image © adda zei

round windows above a flexible work space image © adda zei

image © adda zei

the architect also designed the integrated furniture image © adda zei

kitchen view image © adda zei

 

 

project info:

 

casagrande lab team: nikita wu, jan luksic, shreya nagrath, arijit senconstruction manager: bengt öhman / lu-rakennusmaster carpenters: ingolf westerholm, jens nylundfurniture design: marco casagrandefurniture prototype master: mirella peltonenlocation: karjaa, finlandsize: 140 sqmmaterials: wood, black brickcompleted : 2013

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    architecture news