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In the late 19th century, while Finland was still a Grand Duchy under Russia, Hanko was a popular spa resort for the Russian nobility. The endless meandering beaches are lined with leaning pine forests and grand wooden seaside villas.


Stormvillan is situated right at the heart of the historic villa district. The main floor opens out to three directions: the living room to a long view out to sea, the lounge west for sunsets across the dining terrace and the master bedroom takes in the junipers and wind blown pine trees of the cliff it stands on. This form also maintains unobstructed views to the sea from the old Casino and the neighbouring national romantic style Parkvillan, designed by one of the most significant architects of the time, Theodor Höijer. 

The ground floor cuts into the rock and the villa is entered on beach level. Visitors are guided through a narrow hallway with a glazed wall facing the revealed bedrock. At the very end of the ground floor is a room with two walls of bare bedrock, the wine cellar. A carpet clad staircase leads up to the main floor. Designed as a home for an elderly couple, the villa also has an elevator and fully accessible bathrooms. The main floor is all about light, views and flowing space. It's angles are designed to fit the natural shape of the rock as well as the fantastic views out to the sea. 

The villa is clad in spruce panels, painted with traditional linseed oil paint as are the surrounding 19th century villas. The roof of the ground floor level serves as a wooden terrace with a section of green roof. The zink roof blends into the coastal hues of the sky. 

200 m2


2008 design, 2016 completed


ArchDaily 2017 

nominated to Building of the Year 2018 in the category of Houses

Realtime architectural visualization film okay.krass.VR, Atelier Michael Feuerroth 2019

Dezeen 2017

Dwell 2017

Thisispaper 2017

Inhabitat 2017

Asun lehti 2017 / 10

The Nordic Home, John Arne Bjerknes, Images Publishing Group Ltd, Shanghai 2017

TV series: Fremtidens Drømmeboliger i Norden: Mit lokalt inspirerede nybyggeri (TV-series episode 4:4) Dansk Radio 2018

Asun Homes Vol. 2 2019

Nordic Style - Warm & Welcoming Scandinavian Interiors, Chris van Uffelen, Braun Publishing 2019

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