Villa Mecklin, Naantali, Finland, by Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects
Architecture & Interiors
Sometimes you see a house that blows you out of your mind in such a way that you can barely find words to describe its beauty. It is not necessarily one you’d live in or design (if you are in that sort of thing that is) but it happens. Villa Mecklin, by the Finnish architectural practise of Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen is one of them.
The plot is situated on a small island of the Finnish archipelago, just outside the coast of Turku. The terrain is rocky and the island one of many where the Finnish enjoy their fishing. The owners, friends of the architects, wanted a small group of buildings as their holiday retreat. The result is breathtaking: A wedge of wood appearing among the rocky outcrop, with a gorgeous sea view and a deck that serves as the actual centre of the activities as it’s construction allows it to serve as the owners see fit every time.
The sheltered terrace extends over the rocks, protected by walls on either side that form the actual wedge shape of the house. Covered with wood, it can be a sunning deck, it has a fireplace incorporated under the flooring, so that people can sit around it and enjoy a lovely evening outside, or have a party and turn it into a dance floor.
The building materials selected by the architects are basic, suited for the rough conditions of the area. All wood surfaces were left untreated so that they would grey out naturally. The villa was self-built: no complete detailed construction drawings were made, everything was resolved on-site.