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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

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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 [1] architecture dubbed “tupa” or “pirtti”. Well insulated and made from wood and wood-based materials, this pristine family home heats up by geothermal energy [2] 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 [3] 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 [4]

Via Arch Daily [5]

Photos by Marco Casagrande [4]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Finnish: http://inhabitat.com/villa-valtanen-is-a-wilderness-hideaway-in-finland-made-from-local-materials/

[2] geothermal energy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_heating

[3] boat-like: http://inhabitat.com/new-hope-school-is-a-boat-shaped-thatched-roof-building-on-an-ecuador-beaches/

[4] + Marco Casagrande: http://marcocasagrande.fi/

[5] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/366752/apelle-marco-casagrande/

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