top of page

Private house

The design of a private house in a culturally and historically valuable area started with the premise of planning a modern entity that references villa architecture and fits into the surrounding historical milieu and buildings. 

The base of the architecture was the playfulness of national romanticism and on the other hand the building methods of that era: massive wood construction, natural materials and natural ventilation. The buildings are constructed of clt-elements and have an assisted natural ventilation system. The natural material palette continues in the interior spaces with clay plastered walls and bespoke wooden furniture.

The main building has two stories, a rectangle shaped plan and a mansard shaped roof. The entrance, housekeeping and the common spaces such as the living room and dining room are located on the first floor. Bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the second floor. Two verandas come out of the building mass of which the other creates a semi-warm space. The building facades are wood clad and painted with a light shade. The mansard roof with its pointy ceiling lanterns is constructed of galvanized sheet metal as the roofs of old traditional villas also used to be constructed of.


The sauna building next to the main house has a red painted wood cladding referencing the other historical backyard houses in the area.


230m2 + 16m2

Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland



© 2022 Mer Architects Oy
bottom of page