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Nordic house flooded with light
Architectural firm Mer Arkkitehdit cuts house into the rock and maximises long views out to the Baltic Sea
House on the rocks designed by studio Mer Arkkitehdit
To design and decorate a Nordic-inspired house set on a rocky, steep stretch of land is not an easy ride. And still, a seemingly impossible challenge was soon turned into an exciting creative chance by Finnish architectural firm Mer Arkkitehdit, that succeeding in making the most out of a fairly drab plot that happened to boast sweeping views of the Baltic waters.
Due to the moderate size of the floor area expected to accommodate this week-end hideout, architects opted for making use of the immediately surrounding rocky terrain. Indeed, two separate dwelling units were cut into the rock, and made accessible via a shared inner staircase and large solarium.
Strong of its more secluded location, the ground-floor was designed to comprise the property’s most private habitats – bedrooms and service facilities –, here flooded with natural light by generous glazed sections overlooking the cliff walls and giving the house’s Nordic feel an even bolder twist. The roof was converted into an outdoor wooden terrace with a section of green roof that spans into the main block. The latter, being nestled at a higher height, features an open plan living area, with large picture windows facing the sea, thus allowing for plenty of light – a major source of heat during the Scandinavian summer, when the sun never sets.
In order to enhance the retreat’s cozy feeling, Studio Mer Arkkitehdit artfully mixed bright parquet flooring, total-white walls and wooden furniture of essential design. Also, to maximise any available space without affecting the natural lighting conditions, a large shelving unit was added as a partition wall between the kitchen area and sea-view lounge corner.
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