Two years ago, interior designer Aleksi Hautamäki and graphic designer Milla Selkimäki bought their own 5-hectare island on the edge of the Finnish archipelago national park with the idea of building a self-sufficient summer hut with a sauna and workshop. The result is Project Ö, where “Ö” is Swedish for “an island”, a mixture of two cabins that matches traditional Finnish archipelago designs with a cable roof, long eaves, elongated gutters and vertical exterior cladding.
The duo’s vision was to minimize the area without compromising on all the necessary amenities. Each room is compact and yet focuses on functionality and comfort. The two cabins are a modest 70 square meters and still offer space for 10 adults!
The breathtaking island offers everything the family needs, with solar power for energy and filtered sea water for drinking, as well as running water, flush toilets, heating and cooling and modern living spaces. To get access to hot running water, the cabins use a sauna heater, which also heats the floor to keep your feet nice and warm.
The cabins are both long and narrow, with space for more windows to offer different views in natural light. The minimalist aesthetic of the interior is achieved through the use of untreated wooden boards and solid black elements, both of which exude a stylish cosiness.