helin & co architects: villa snow white
helin & co architects: villa snow white helin & co architects: villa snow white
oct 12, 2011

helin & co architects: villa snow white

‘villa woodnotes – snow white’ by helin & co architects, espoo, finland all images courtesy of helin & co architects

overlooking an archipelago in espoo, finland, the ‘villa woodnotes – snow white’ designed by helsinki-based firm helin & co architects have been shortlisted for the 2011 world architecture festival in the house category. situated within an established residential context dating from the 1950s, this single family dwelling replaced an outdated structure but maintained the mature landscape into the plan’s arrangement. openings to the interior are aligned with existing trees of the property. functioning as a dwelling and showroom for the finnish company woodnotes, the minimalist outward form and material palette is derived from ritva puotila’s textile art, a contributing designer.

elevated walkway with main entrance beyond

the concrete framework has been cast around the structural steel columns. during the northern lights, glass facades welcome natural light into the rooms to extend the presence of daylight in addition to the exterior’s reflective white plaster tiles. entrances are accessed from an outdoor atrium and series of elevated walkways which wrap the building to form covered verandas on the upper and lower levels. the interior is surfaced with solid oak and limestone maintaining an airy atmosphere.

elevated walkway

lower level veranda

upper level veranda




living space





outward view from loft after the winter snow

blanketed with snow

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1








project info:

client: private location: espoo, finland area: 590 sqm project completed: 01 jan 2011

  • expensive

    iv says:
  • I love the wooden flooring and the stairs. I like the simplicity of the whole interior! Check out also 3D Rendering

    Fatima says:
  • Delicious…
    Well Photographed

    Dan says:
  • what a crazy amount of bathrooms!

    H says:
  • glad to see they thought about the 4 car garage. it’s a very important feature to have.

    concernedarch says:

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