A unique summer cafe in Helsinki
Cafe Birgitta is a unique summer cafe in Helsinki, Finland, built with the non-settling Honka Fusion log. The building is located in an open landscape by the seaside, sheltering from wind and rain and providing a magnificent frame for this memorable view.
Watch a video about how Cafe Birgitta was designed and built (in Finnish):
The building is made up of three log-framed structures of various heights, laid out in almost a propeller-shape. Sliding glass elements, suspended from the ceilings, make it possible to close the central space and provide shelter from the wind. The fireplace stands in the middle. The outside of the building is made of 50x50 mm laminated wood elements with a scorched surface. The insides are of untreated solid wood.
You have a wonderful view over the sea through the windows. The natural, wooden structure complements the scenery beautifully.
The cafe was designed by architects Minna Lukander and Jari Heikkinen from Talli architecture and design. It won The Log House of the Year 2014 competition, organised by The Finnish Log House Association HTT.
The building's architectural design takes advantage of both traditional and new, innovative solutions.
- Building type: Summer café
- Architect: Minna Lukander, Jari Heikkinen / Talli architecture and design
- Area 158.0 sqm
- Project Year 2014
- Wall structure: Honka Fusion non-settling log, covered with laminated wood elements with scorched surface
- Location: Helsinki, Finland