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Apelle: Boat-Like Home Stays Warm With Geothermal Energy During the Finnish Winters
Posted By Ana Lisa On May 6, 2013 @ 5:33 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Daylighting,Design,energy efficiency,Environment,Gallery,Green Interiors | 3 Comments
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.
Via Arch Daily 
Photos by Marco Casagrande 
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URLs in this post:
 Finnish: http://inhabitat.com/villa-valtanen-is-a-wilderness-hideaway-in-finland-made-from-local-materials/
 geothermal energy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_heating
 boat-like: http://inhabitat.com/new-hope-school-is-a-boat-shaped-thatched-roof-building-on-an-ecuador-beaches/
 + Marco Casagrande: http://marcocasagrande.fi/
 Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/366752/apelle-marco-casagrande/
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