Sheets of weathered steel and a sloping green roof help this family home in northern Finland blend into its wooded surroundings. Design studio Alt Arkkitehdit created the 165-square-meter home, named Residence in Muhos after the nearby town in Oulu, to look as if it naturally sprouted from the forest floor. The building’s angular form is carefully oriented for access to views and natural light.
Located on a gradual southward slope, the Residence in Muhos was built to look like an extension of the surrounding pine undergrowth with an angled turfed surface that connects the forest floor with the zigzag roof. The roof is strong enough to hold the weight of a moose in case any wildlife or people want to climb atop the planted slope. Pre-weathered Corten steel and gray spruce planks clad the home for a muted, earthy appearance that matches the landscape.
“Building blends into the landscape with its dark rusting walls resembling the colour of pine trunks in a Gallen-Kallela painting and a green roof that grows directly from the turf of the forest,” write the architects. “The house opens up to the sun and the view, creating small separate yards for entrance, cooling after sauna and general outdoor use like having a barbeque with friends.” The home’s angular shape allows for outdoor spaces and views in multiple directions.
Images via Alt Arkkitehdit