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Brief Published: 25 Jul 2011

Design for Compact (Holiday) Living


Finnish architects Jussi and Riina Palva's environmentally conscious, super-compact (15 sq m/150sq ft) holiday home in the Lauttasaari Recreational Park in Finland has proved to be so popular among the park's visitors that the couple are now putting it into production as a pre-fab.

The original design was born out of a realisation two years ago that a cottage the pair was renovating was beyond repair – compelling them to instead try to build their own idea of the perfect compact holiday home.

Their inspiration for the space came from the inherently ergonomic design involved with boat accommodation, hence the rope ladder to the loft bed suspended over the couch and the birch cabinets made by Paattimaakarit – a Finnish woodworking company that builds ships and boat interiors. There is also a black steel Danish fireplace for heating and thermostat-controlled Tatami heating rugs in the living area.

The cottage pre-fab will be available from autumn 2011, manufactured by Finnish house builders Finnlamelli. To date, orders have already been received from customers in Norway, Germany and northern Finland.

The flat-pack kit, which can be reconstructed just about anywhere, will retail for approximately £15,000 ($24,000) without furniture or fittings.

For more on the new generation of high-design pre-fabs, look out for the Stylus report Prime-time Pre-fabs later this week.