In Finland, an Inexpensive Cabin That Assembles Like a Puzzle


INTRO: Nolla, the name of this cabin, translates as “zero” from Finnish, a nod to this unique cabin’s zero-waste philosophy. But also, maybe, to its minimalist aesthetic. Nothing here that the cabin dweller doesn’t need. “Having a smaller house it automatically forces you to bring less stuff there and also bearing in mind that whatever you carry with you, you will have to carry with you when you leave,” explained the designer, Robin Falck.

Nolla has very little impact on the surrounding countryside of Vallisaari, the small Helsinki-adjacent island on which it lies. It’s built with locally sourced pine and plywood, has no permanent foundation, and does not require heavy vehicles for transport. It pieces together like a puzzle too—no nails are necessary to assemble the cabin. [...] The cabin is available for rent on Airbnb, for only $34/night and, reportedly, plans will be made available on the architect’s website soon if you’d like to build your own Nolla... (MORE - photos)

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