Escaping to isolated bliss with Project Ö, the self-sustainable cabin, Finland
Located on the very edge of Finland’s Archipelago National Park, planted on a completely untouched island, sits Project Ö, the self-sustainable cabins created by Aleksi Hautamaki and Milla Selkimaki.
Finnish designers Hautamaki and Selkimaki purchased a five-acre island with a clear vision, to create a self-sufficient way of life while paying tribute to the traditional Finnish archipelago aesthetics in the process.
Named Project O in a nod of the head to the Swedish word for island, the two-cabin compound can sleep 10 people within the rather modest two buildings which take up just 70m² in total. To coincide with their buildings, the designers made the summer cabin complete with a sauna and workshop.
“The vision was to have all things necessary with as little space as possible,” the designers told Dezeen. “All individual spaces have been designed to be as compact as they can be without compromising the functionality and comfort.”
They added: “The shape of the cabins is long and narrow, which allows for large window surfaces with varying views, as well as possibilities for very different types of functions at the opposite ends of the building.”
“Our island is totally self-sufficient, as it uses solar power for energy and filtered seawater for drinking. The houses have running water, flush toilet, heating, cooling, and a modern kitchen. Hot running water is produced with a sauna stove and the same system provides heating to the floors.”