Minimalist timber cabins beckon Parisians to step into Finland to experience a living installation hosted by Institut Finlandais and Airbnb. KOTI, designed by Linda Bergroth, welcomes visitors into cabins that exemplify Finnish hospitality. The installation, named after the Finnish word for 'home,' will run for 100 days.
KOTI aims to immerse visitors in the essence and simplicity of Finland. Six spruce timber cabins designed to accommodate 12 people offer privacy for guests, while a communal dining space invites connection. Guests check in at 6PM at night, and will be asked to take off their shoes when they enter the cabins as is often done in Finland. They’ll be given slippers and robes designed by Lapuan Kankurit. During the evening, guests can socialize with their new neighbors or watch documentaries, short films, or Finnish travel videos – all while snuggling up in bed.
Guests will be awoken gently by Innolux simulated natural light lamps and breakfast will be served on ceramic dishes in the communal space. Hosts will provide traditional fare such as rye bread, Finnish berries, salted butter, and coffee.
Bergroth said in a statement, “In Finland, as in much of the rest of the world, home is where the heart is. But just as important to the idea of home comforts is the countryside cabin: frequent, refreshing visits to the cabin, often shared with family members, are considered an essential part of everyday life. Getting back to nature in a simple cabin, often without electricity or running water, can help us all reconnect with family and friends and unwind from the pressures and responsibilities of day-to-day life.”
KOTI will be open for the public to visit during the afternoon, and will also host pop-up restaurants, film screenings, talks, and concerts from January to May 2017. KOTI cabins can be booked via Airbnb now; single cabins cost $102 per night; double and twin cabins cost $227 a night, and a family cabin with two bunk beds costs $363 a night.