A wooden house that ages gracefully

Immersed in its natural environment and designed by Ortraum Architects near Helsinki, this residence features a larch wood facade that allows the building to patinate naturally and gracefully.

Ortraum Architects, MK5, Helsinki, 2017

Located on the Jollas Peninsula, near the Helsinki city centre, MK5 is the latest project by Ortrarum Architects. The building’s relationship to the natural surroundings inspired the diverse placement of the windows, framing the changing views and daylight qualities in each direction. The open-plan living room is accessed from the north and located on the ground floor, the sauna and the building services are placed in the basement. The four bedrooms are located upstairs. 

Siberian Larch timber is used for the facade, the flooring, and the furniture. Custom fabricated copper parts frame the windows. The facade materials are chosen to allow the building to patinate naturally and age gracefully with time. On the south side of the building vertical wires are stretched from the building eaves to the terrace deck below, designed for hops climbers to grow to create a “green screen”, providing an extra curtain of privacy from the road.

Img.10 Ortraum Architects, MK5, Helsinki, 2017
Ortraum Architects, MK5, Helsinki, 2017
single family house
Martin Lukasczyk – Ortraum Architects
Structural engineering:
Asko Keronen
Harri Ripatti, Leino Kuuluvainen
230 sqm

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