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


‘apelle house’ by casagrande laboratory, karjaa, finland
image © adda zei
all 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

 

full article here

 

project info:

 

casagrande lab team: nikita wu, jan luksic, shreya nagrath, arijit sen
construction manager: bengt öhman / lu-rakennus
master carpenters: ingolf westerholm, jens nylund
furniture design: marco casagrande
furniture prototype master: mirella peltonen
location: karjaa, finland
size: 140 sqm
materials: wood, black brick
completed : 2013

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