More and more people are choosing to combine their work and domestic life into one succinct unit - like the gorgeous Atelier Heikkilä in Central Finland. Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen designed the 220 square meter home studio for an interior architect and art historian who needed storage space for prototypes. Oriented for maximum winter solar gain and heated with geothermal energy, this delightful little space definitely points the way forward.
The home is entered from the dark facade while the lighter side opens up to Lake Päijänne, ensuring plenty of natural light and sufficient solar gain to get the couple through Finland’s wicked winters. Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen built a mezzanine above the live and work space as a gallery for their combined works, while the lower level remains open and flexible.
For privacy, a couple of rooms located below the gallery can be closed off. Well insulated but still breathable and heated with renewable geothermal energy, Atelier Heikkilä comes close to meeting low energy requirements. Albeit a replacement of an earlier structure, the bright new home studio fits on the existing footprint, therefore mitigating any undue environmental impact.
Photos via Maija Holma