The Palva family doesn't need to pack up their car or pay for expensive flights to get away from the pressures of urban life. Instead, they need only walk or bike 2 kilometers from their Helsinki home down a nature trail to their tranquil seaside cottage. Designed by Verstas Architects to have a meager footprint of only 14 square meters, the Palvas' home away from home has the lightest possible impact on a leafy park in the heart of the city. In fact, small urban cottages like this one, which are apparently en vogue in Finland, actually help to protect the ecology and social security of Helsinki's urban parks.
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.
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