helin & co architects: villa krona helin & co architects: villa krona
oct 11, 2011

helin & co architects: villa krona

‘villa krona’ by helin & co architects, kemiö island of gullkrona archipelago, dragsfjard, finland image © pekka helin

positioned on a remote island in the gullkrona archipelago, finland, the ‘villa krona’, a single family residence designed by helsinki-based practice helin & co architects has been nominated by the world architecture festival for an award in this year’s house category. perched high upon a cliff overlooking the baltic sea, this segmented dwelling and veranda gradually unfolds to reveal unobstructed vistas of the sunrise and sunset along with changing weather of the seasons. autumn storms send thrashing waves towards the structure allowing them to gradually freeze within view from the interior. immersed in nature, inhabitants are provided with a dynamic retreat from monotonous environments.

ocean view from deck  image © pekka helin

the geometry of the volume responds and relates to the variegated colors and geologic qualities of the granite bedrock below. over time, the planked larch facade slowly weathers to silver hues of gray while the vegetated roof transforms from spring green to a rustic brown in colder months. the radial arrangement of the structural laminated beams and supporting columns direct attention towards the open air deck, protected by the extended roof canopy. inside, a material palette of pine cladding and a light ash floor produce a warm and inviting atmosphere.

outdoor dining area image © pekka helin

dining area image © pekka helin

kitchen image © pekka helin

facade detail image © pekka helin

bathroom image © pekka helin

sedum roof compliments the larch planks of the facade image © pekka helin

planked side elevation image © pekka helin

detail of larch cladding image © pekka helin

site plan image courtesy helin & co architects

floor plan / level 0 image courtesy helin & co architects

section image courtesy helin & co architects

axonometric image courtesy helin & co architects

model image © mandi tuominen

model image © mandi tuominen

model image © mandi tuominen

model image © mandi tuominen

project info:

project name: villa krona authors: helin & co architects / pekka helin, ritva mannersuo year of completion: 2010 location: kemiö island floor area: 130+42 sqm site area: 1,3 ha photographer: pekka helin, scale model photographs/mandi tuominen

  • The orientation of the rooms to the site are spectacular. What an oasis!
    Love all the finishes as well. Seems to fit well on to the site. Amazing larch planking!

    faf says:
  • Wow! Superb location and given a couple of years, this dwelling will blend in with the location really well. Great design and building materials. I’m sure they’ll get plenty of boat traffic to view in summer d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Ma quando il mare si agita?? O.o

    vincent says:

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