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Pieta-Linda Auttila’s Sculptural WISA Wooden Design Hotel in Helsinki is Encased in Bent Wood
Posted By Ana Lisa On March 11, 2013 @ 2:30 pm In Architecture,Daylighting,Design,Green Materials,Innovation | No Comments
The WISA Wooden Design Hotel, designed by architect Pieta-Linda Auttila, is one of the more imaginative homes we've come across recently. The home consists of two boxy masses that are connected by an outdoor area that's surrounded with sculptural pieces of bent wood. The house, which is located on a tiny island at Helsinki’s harbor, was inspired by its maritime surroundings and built with different kinds of local wood, bent using a traditional technique for boat building.
The WISA Wooden Design Hotel is a small two-room structure connected by a semi-open courtyard that is surrounded by a curved trellis. The hotel sets an example of outstanding craftsmanship portraying wood’s versatility. While the interiors are light and waxed with natural oil, the exteriors are grey, thanks to a water-based treatment that mirrors the surrounding landscape.
The courtyard’s long curved boards show the lightness of the material of choice matching the pine floor and the ethereal beauty of Nordic birch on the walls and ceiling. Made from Finnish pine, spruce  and birch, the hotel’s flowing curves were built using steam bending, which is a low-impact traditional technique for boat building. This pleasant temporary accommodation was the winner of a Wooden Design Workshop by UPM  (one of the leading forest products companies in the world), and it was not designed for general hotel use.
Via Arch Daily 
Photos by Pieta-Linda Auttila 
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 spruce: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spruce
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 Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/31592/wisa-wooden-design-hotel-pieta-linda-auttila/attachment/9863/
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