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Situated within an established residential context dating from the 1950s, this single family dwelling replaced an outdated structure but maintained the mature landscape into the plan’s arrangement.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.
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.Helin & Co Architects
Area: 590 sqm
Project completed: 01 jan 2011 Photos: courtesy of Helin & Co Architects