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Finnish Family Builds Tranquil Seaside Cottage in Biking Distance of Their City Home

Posted By Tafline Laylin On September 9, 2011 @ 10:23 am In Architecture,Environment,Green Building,Solar Power | 1 Comment

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Distant vacations are costly – economically and environmentally – but everybody needs an occasional break from the grind in order to maintain their sanity. Thanks to their new, low-cost, minimalist city cottage [2], the Palva family can take a vacation whenever they want! Although its small footprint ensures a small expenditure of natural resources, it also challenges the family to divvy up space so that everyone is comfortable.

This is achieved by giving the fixed furniture dual purposes – such as the sofas that can also be used as both beds and storage space – and with a kitchen area that is easily converted into homework space for the children. Even in the winter, solar energy [3] provides the entire home with electricity, while the fetching wood-fired stove can crank out plenty of heat to keep this nature-loving family nice and warm during fierce winters.

+ Verstas Architects [4]

images © Andreas Meichsner [5]

Via Arch Daily [6]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/09/city-cottage-verstas-architects-15.jpg

[2] minimalist city cottage: http://inhabitat.com/the-shiners-minimalist-rocking-bed-is-built-from-industrial-waste/

[3] solar energy: http://inhabitat.com/breaking-solar-power-breakthrough-could-render-solar-cells-obsolete/

[4] + Verstas Architects: http://www.verstasarkkitehdit.fi/info/

[5] Andreas Meichsner: http://www.photographie.com:8080/?autid=118079&secid=2&lang1=en

[6] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/166735/city-cottage-verstas-architects/

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