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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,Solar Power,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment
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 , 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  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.
images © Andreas Meichsner 
Via Arch Daily 
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URLs in this post:
 Verstas Architects: http://www.verstasarkkitehdit.fi/info/
 urban parks: http://inhabitat.com/seoul-recovers-a-lost-stream-transforms-it-into-an-urban-park/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/09/city-cottage-verstas-architects-15.jpg
 minimalist city cottage: http://inhabitat.com/the-shiners-minimalist-rocking-bed-is-built-from-industrial-waste/
 solar energy: http://inhabitat.com/breaking-solar-power-breakthrough-could-render-solar-cells-obsolete/
 Andreas Meichsner: http://www.photographie.com:8080/?autid=118079&secid=2&lang1=en
 Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/166735/city-cottage-verstas-architects/
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