I want to post my favourite ever house in Finland, it’s the Four Cornered Villa in Virrat, not far from where I grew up. The firm behind this beauty is Avanto architects in Helsinki. A firm that has chosen to call themselves after an ice hole should be just the one to design a lakeside retreat. This is, would you believe it, an off-grid country cabin, what the Finns would classify as a ‘mökki’ or ‘stuga’, because it is used like one and it has all the elements of such weekend/holiday cabin: lakeside sauna, no electricity, and no running water. But it bears no resemblance to the traditional primitive log cabin. I love it. It is shaped like a cross, offering four different views from the four wings, and covered in magnificent glass windows, inviting, luring the outside in even when the temperatures are at a fresh -30C . The house is heated with a couple of wood stoves and relies on good insulation to make it habitable during the winter months. Seen from the lake, the house is completely blended into its surroundings because of the dark paint. Inside, it’s all white wood. It’s heavenly.
And have a look at the sauna. Have you ever seen anything more perfect?