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Glass Resort in Rovaniemi
Rural Hotel Building Development, Finland – design by VOID Architecture
13 Jan 2019
Design: VOID Architecture
Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
A winter holiday resort made of contemporary and distinctive wooden houses. Large glazed surfaces and spacious interiors are designed to let guests experience comfort and amazement.
The aspiration to create a group of buildings that could re-imagine holiday accommodation in Lapland guided this project from the beginning. The starting point was to conceive apartments where comfort, generosity of space, and compelling views towards the surrounding forest and sky would be central themes of the design.
A solution was found in a contemporary design inspired by a traditional local theme. The resort consists of accommodation units on two levels. The design stresses the importance of the connection to the surrounding landscape with large glazed surfaces and, most strikingly, opens to the opportunity of spotting starry skies and northern lights from a comfortable and warm setting.
The resort represents an evolution of the igloo-style winter holiday accommodation type.
The space of the apartments develops vertically along a fully glazed facade and towards the roof, made entirely of glass. The effect creates a fully immersive atmosphere, stretching out the double height interior space towards the landscape and the sky above.
The warmth of the wood construction and finishes is intended to contribute towards the creation of an enjoyable space.
Each building, immediately recognizable for the clean lines of its volumes, is designed with a bold character and built with a timber frame structure. Overall, the combination of engineered laminated wood and triple glazing constitutes the fabric of the buildings.
The main building of the resort develops this formal theme further, with the combination of two simple interlocking volumes lying on each other. The main block hosts a full height restaurant lounge with a fully glazed facade and panoramic balcony. The second block, characterized by a long and slanted front elevation, includes reception, offices and further technical facilities.
Each house contains two accommodation units of 40 sqm. Facilities include double height living area, balcony floor with glass roof, kitchen, own sauna and outdoor hot tub terrace.
Glass surfaces are heated to allow views even in snowy conditions.
The project was developed by Finnish-Italian architecture office VOID Architecture and Finnish timber house manufacturer Honkatalot/PolarlifeHaus.
Comfort, generosity of space, compelling views, buildings with a distinctive character.
A contemporary design inspired by a traditional local theme.
Apartments on two levels. The interior space develops vertically along a fully glazed facade and towards the roof, made entirely of glass.
Balancing available square meters with the need of creating spaces that feel generous and interesting.
Timber frame structure. Overall, the buildings are a combination of engineered laminated wood and triple glazing. Glass surfaces are heated to allow views even in snowy conditions.
The project is a collaboration between by Helsinki-based Finnish-Italian architecture office VOID Architecture and Finnish timber house manufacturer Honkatalot/Polar Life Haus. Architect Paolo Caravello.
“We chose to prioritize the creation of interior spaces that would be interesting in themselves, that could really let users be inspired by the nature outside while awakening, at the same time, pleasing feelings and offering a positive experience” Paolo Caravello, VOID Architecture
Glass Resort, Rovaniemi – Building Information
Design: VOID Architecture
Project size: 1850 sqm
Site size: 11600 sqm
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 2
Engineering and delivery: Honkatalot / Polar Life Haus
Interior design: Minna Pennanen
Photography: Timo Laaksonen
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