Gallery: Apelle: Boat-Like Home Stays Warm With Geothermal Energy Durin...

Renowned Finnish architect and sculptor Marco Casagrande's latest project, Apelle, is a long wooden family home that looks like a stranded boat nestled within the woods. Situated in the beautiful natural environment of Karjaa, Finland, this house stays warm through the harsh winters with the use of geothermal energy.

Apelle is a long and lean building that opens up to the surrounding nature. The interiors are open plan and multi-functional, a common tradition in Finnish architecture dubbed “tupa” or “pirtti”. Well insulated and made from wood and wood-based materials, this pristine family home heats up by geothermal energy supported by two cylindrical fireplaces.

Filled with natural light, the interiors are stark and white, mimicking the snowy winters outside. Apelle’s long shape, materials and some cute details like the round windows on its side give the shelter a boat-like look. Also, it was built by a couple of local marine carpenters, who up to this day, are convinced the house is a boat.

+ Marco Casagrande

Via Arch Daily

Photos by Marco Casagrande


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  1. talk2matty June 21, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Geothermal energy is not dengerus as long as you dont let to much of the steem go free. And also it is practical not to make the borholes to deep ore you can come up with Lava in stead of hot wather. I have lived all my 53 years in a Geothermal heated house. I recomend swimming in the Blue Lagune in Iceland. It is heaven.
    I dont like some gready industrialist turning my contry in to Swiss chees. Looking for more and more \\\”free energy\\\” but I like my warme house. Sorry abut the spelling. :)

  2. Ana Lisa Alperovich May 8, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks for your comment Dave, honestly I am not sure how much harm geothermal energy can cause. A good starting point for research on the subject could be Iceland, I guess, they are huge on that and have been doing it for years!

  3. dave johnston May 6, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I feel geothermal endangers clean water aquifers.

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