Dark and cozy cabins may be great for colder months, but architecture firm Studio Kamppari’s light-filled Cabin K is perfect for these warm summer days. Created as a modern take on the traditional Finnish log cabin, Cabin K is a dreamy 600-square-foot summer retreat perched high on a granite ridge overlooking panoramic views of the forest and Finland’s Lake Saimaa. The architects minimized impact on the site by manufacturing the window assemblies and logs offsite before lifting them into place with a crane.
Nestled within a high latitude pine forest, Cabin K blends into its surroundings with a timber facade. Following the example of traditional Finnish cabins, the architects built the gabled Cabin K using pine logs and treated the exterior with iron oxide to accelerate the natural graying of the wood. Vertical strips of pine clad the exterior to protect the logs from the elements. A small pine deck is set above a rocky ledge to overlook views of the lake and extend the cabin’s interior into the landscape.
Despite the cabin’s traditional outward appearance, the interior is surprisingly spacious and light-filled. Large windows on the north and south sides pull natural light into the building to illuminate a double-height living room and a treehouse-like loft. Untreated pine logs are used for the walls, floors, and bare roof rafters. “The design combines old ways with new technologies,” write the architects. “The gable roof form and log walls are common in Finnish cabins, while the details, volume, and quality of light are unexpected.”
Images via Studio Kamppari