Sheltered amongst a woodland of pine trees, Joanna Laajisto designed a lakeside cabin for herself and her family in Finland. The house sits harmoniously on the banks of a secluded lake, it’s built from natural materials and detailed to maximize outdoor living. This – the connection to nature – was vital to create the character of the getaway.
The site of Villa Rauhanniemi was chosen carefully to minimize its footprint and damage to the surrounding nature. Only three big pines were lost during the build, and the wood of each was reused to make the outdoor benches.
The kitchen forms part of the large open-plan social space with the dining and living room, which, like the rest of the cabin, has been built using natural materials without moldings. This meant each and every connection was precise, considered and designed down to the last detail. The living area is furnished for sentimental value, from vintage designs to objects inherited from relatives. The bedrooms are kept to just the essentials. In the master room, the bed is joined by a small storage closet built into the wall, and the bedside tables dupe as extra dining seats when needed. Double doors open out on to the terrace as a constant connection to the environment. Similarly, three small bedrooms with a total of six comfortable beds, feature large windows or doors to extend their visual boundaries.
The bathroom continues to match the home’s natural, organic aesthetic. terracotta tiles line the floor whereas the walls adorn a micro cement plaster. There’s a sauna fitted with a door hand-carved with a traditional pattern by the designer, it is connected to the house to be used year round.