Project: Villa Krona
Architects: Helin & Co Architects
Location: Kemio Island, Gullkrona Archipelago, Finland
Area: 1,636 sf
Photographs by: Pekka Helin
Villa Krona by Helin & Co Architects
Villa Krona is an amazing modern retreat designed and developed by Helsinki-based Helin & Co Architects. It is located on the remote island of Kemio in the Gullkrona Archipelago in Finland. This dwelling is perfectly perched upon a cliff which provides its inhabitants with some seriously breathtaking views all around.
A small remote island in the Gullkrona Archipelago offers a panorama of changing seasons in the northern Baltic: late sunsets fill open skies and early sunrises dramatise rocky islands. In spring, constant birdsong greets the end of severe winter.
Warm calm midsummer days are filled with scents of pine and juniper. Autumn storms drive huge waves over the rocks to freeze gradually, generating abstract formations of drifting ice. Finally, all is covered with snow. The villa is built to experience all this and counteract periods of urban hard work.
The geometry of the building relates to the forms of the granite bedrock with its varied colours and glaciated grooves. Larch, which naturally weathers silvery grey, clads the exterior, while sedum changes from green to brown on the roof during the summer.
Exposed fans of laminated beams and columns form the structure. Inside, cladding is warm pine with paler ash flooring, making a welcoming cave in the wilderness.