What are the features of a functional leisure home designed to meet modern needs? On behalf of Honkarakenne, I challenged myself to design a practical holiday home collection for Nordic settings. I invite you to explore my sources of inspiration and solutions for the new Tuuli collection — they will help you to relax and unwind, and entice you to spend time in good company, no matter the weather.
Design based on a connection with nature and the Baltic Sea archipelago
I wanted to create a collection that encourages weary city residents to recharge their batteries in a natural setting and relax in a cosy log cabin. Relaxation should be as easy as possible — you don’t have to rove around to enjoy nature.
Naturally, as a competitive windsurfer I have spent a lot of time on my beloved Baltic Sea and its beautiful archipelago, which cast a strong influence on the minimalist Scandinavian architecture and natural connection between the exterior and interior of the Tuuli villa collection. The single-pitch roof suits the archipelago’s open landscape and the eaves provide protection from the harsh Nordic weather. With its large landscape windows, Tuuli creates a natural setting no matter the weather.
My design is strongly influenced by the sea, which is close to my heart. The Finnish archipelago was my inspiration for the Tuuli log villa.
An open and closed space for various leisure needs
I wanted to create a modern landscape villa that blends in beautifully with nature. “When designing the Tuuli log villa, I focused on a practical layout for leisure activities and functional dimensioning of the premises. My main influence was the natural relationship between open and closed spaces. The covered terrace allows sitting outside in different kinds of weather, and the roofed space between the sauna and living areas can easily accommodate a large dining table.
Large groups, residents and guests will enjoy the open living areas of this holiday home. I love open and harmonious spaces. With its understated joint details and large thermal glazing surfaces, the unique and stylish Honka Frame pillar beam structure adds light and space. The sleeping areas are functional in size and private. You almost feel part of the landscape when in the living room. Relax in the warm atmosphere created by log walls.
Housed separately, the elegant sauna invites you to relax while enjoying a clear view of the landscape. You can also locate various lavatory solutions in the sauna and washrooms housed separately from the living areas: running water and water closets may be unavailable in some cabin environments.
Only large landscape windows and beautiful log structures separate the large living areas of Tuuli villas from the wilderness. The scenery almost seems part of the decor.
3 tips for those dreaming of a holiday home
1. Choose a durable log home
I find durable log the most inspiring of materials. I live in a log building due to its extraordinarily long life cycle, environmental friendliness, and warmth and cosy atmosphere. Logs enable a simple wall structure — there are no unnecessary layers in uncertain condition.
2. Clarify the nature of the plot
The Tuuli villa collection is designed for plots on which the front of the building will overlook an open landscape. Since the location and features of the plot will affect issues such as the construction costs, we recommend that you use Honka’s Design Service. In addition to the budget, Honka’s designers will take account of the specifics of your plot, compass directions, zoning regulations and building rights.
3. List the required functions and accommodation needs
How would you like to spend your free time? The facilities should reflect your changing needs. Are you planning a cosy hideaway, or a leisure villa for bringing together large groups? Go through to the number of people and sleeping areas you need. The Tuuli collection comes in three sizes and can be customised to fit your needs.
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Tuuli is an architect who prefers practical designs. She is also an Olympic medallist in windsurfing who loves to spend time at the worksite, grab a hammer and get down to work.