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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Apelle in Karjaa, Finland by Marco Casagrande

 
May 5th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Marco Casagrande

Apelle is a wooden one family house located in Karjaa – Finland. The building rests in a natural harbor like a boat in a sheltering pocket surrounded by bed rocks and trees. The interior space of Apelle is a continuous tube that grows gradually along the house and through the main opening and terrace into the forest. Along this axis the collective and private actions are tuned according to the times, functions and needs of the day and night.

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  • Architects: Marco Casagrande
  • Project: Apelle
  • Location: Karjaa, Finland
  • Photography: AdDa Zei
  • C-LAB: Nikita Wu, Jan Luksic, Shreya Nagrath, Arijit Sen
  • Construction Manager: Bengt Öhman / LU-Rakennus
  • Master Carpenters: Ingolf Westerholm, Jens Nylund
  • Furniture Design: Marco Casagrande
  • Furniture Prototype Master: Mirella Peltonen
  • Size: 140 m2
  • Materials: Wood, black brick
  • Completed: 2013
  • Wood materials and expertise: UPM Kymmene
  • Window structures, manufacturing and assembly: Pilkington + Schüco + Domus
  • Roof window structure and assemblyPilkington + Lasi-Kalle
  • PaintsTikkurila
  • Household machinerySMEG
  • Interior detailsDomusLasistamo, HansgroheSovellaTeclux

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The same space is used for everything from sleeping to eating and from socializing to work as a studio space or a gym. This kind of multi-functional space of “tupa” or “pirtti” is common in traditional Finnish architecture. A free standing cube serves for water with a sleeping loft on top.

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House Apelle is part of nature. The surrounding forest has been architecturally articulated into a shelter for a family of contemporary natives. The house is in the forest as much as the forest is in the house – the architecture is a mediator between the modern man and nature.

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Apelle is well insulated with wood based materials and during the harsh winters it heats up by thermal heating supported by two fire-places. The main building volume is structurally supported by a smaller volume on the side acting as an outrigger. Apelle is built by two local carpenters used to for building both houses and wooden boats. According to the carpenters, this is a boat.

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Image courtesy Marco Casagrande

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