This cluster of angular timber huts is more than just easy on the eyes—its light-filled design also pays homage to Estonia’s ancient past. KUU architects designed Cottage in Muraste as a modern take on the archetypal koda, timber structures that were built in Estonia as early as the 3rd millennium BCE. The project comprises three units set on a raised timber deck with cutouts for tree trunks to grow through.
Located Muraste village in northern Estonia, the 77-square-meter Cottage in Muraste features three timber-framed cabins. Estonia’s early wigwam-like timber construction partly inspired the angular building forms, optimized for natural light. Natural larch clads the walls and roofs of two of the buildings, while the sauna is painted with tar oil for striking contrast.
The home’s three ‘koda’ units include separate spaces for a sauna, a living room with a kitchen, and a bedroom with bathroom. The primary living areas are located side by side and are directly connected. Large windows let in light and frame views of the Baltic Sea. “Between the main house and the sauna there is a large terrace connecting every function of the summerhouse and creating outdoor ‘nests’ for each function,” wrote the architects.
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