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 on World Architecture Festival 2011 – Shortlisted. 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.
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.Location: Kemiö Island, Finland
Architects: Helin & Co Architects | Pekka Helin, Ritva Mannersuo
Year of completion: 2010
Project name: Villa Krona
Floor area: 130+42 sqm
Site area: 1,3 ha
Photographers: Pekka Helin, Scale Model Photographs/Mandi Tuominen Award: House of the Year in 2012 by Puuinfo and Glorian Koti -magazine