Winters in Finland can plunge to a freezling -22 degrees Fahrenheit, but those chilling temperatures are no match for this well-insulated log cabin. Crafted by Helsinki-based company Pluspuu, this Log Villa was commissioned as a client’s second home on the Turku coast. The light-filled abode harnesses geothermal energy for heating and cooling, and it boasts superior insulation as well as triple-glazed windows.
Built by Ollikaisen Hirsirakenne Oy with the latest Finnish log construction technology, this modern log villa is a custom, site-specific build that gave rise to one of Pluspuu’s newest house models, the Kustavi 125. Topped with a mono-pitched metal roof, the 125-square-meter two-bedroom home is raised off the ground and wrapped in black-stained glue-laminated timber. Black-painted aluminum window frames surround the large triple-glazed windows. Two covered terraces extend living space outdoors.
The light-filled interior is lined with timber treated with white wood wax and special batten wall panels, while clinker is used for the floors. Sweeping landscape and sea views can be enjoyed from the open-plan living room, kitchen, and dining area, as well as from the sauna. For insulation, the architects used 202-millimeter-thick laminated log walls and 500-millimeter-thick wood fiber insulation for the roof. Pluspuu (Finnish for “plus wood”) provides high-quality log houses in a variety of models and promotes the use of timber as a “breathable material with indisputably positive health effects.”
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