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Finland’s Kivijarvi Resort cabin that’s raised off the ground so guests feel detached from worries

Architects have taken the concept of a cosy cabin in the woods to new heights.

This chic black-painted cabin near the Salamajarvi National Park in Finland is elevated on a single column, with the idea, say the designers, to help those inside ‘feel immediately detached from everyday worries happening on the ground’.

Inside there is a bed for two people, a bathroom and a kitchenette with the interior corresponding ‘with that of a high-standard hotel room’.

The chic black-painted cabin near the Salamajarvi National Park in Finland, which is elevated off the ground on a single column

By raising the cabin, the designers say it will help those inside 'feel immediately detached from everyday worries happening on the ground'

By raising the cabin, the designers say it will help those inside ‘feel immediately detached from everyday worries happening on the ground’

The inspiration for the design of the cabin came from a niliaitta, pictured - a traditional building in Lapland used as a safe place to store food outdoors

The inspiration for the design of the cabin came from a niliaitta, pictured – a traditional building in Lapland used as a safe place to store food outdoors 

It has been designed by Finnish firm Studio Puisto, which took inspiration for the cabin from a niliaitta – a traditional building in Lapland that locals would use as a safe place to store food outdoors away from bears and other wild animals.

Raising the accommodation also means there is minimal contact ‘with the nature below’ and the cabin is ‘strategically positioned so that only a few trees needed to be taken down during construction’.

According to Studio Puisto, ‘the exterior materials and colouring help blend the cabin into the surrounding nature and make it feel as if it has always belonged amidst the vertical rhythm of forest trees around it’.

Its standout feature is the full-length window at the front of the cabin, which the design studio says provides an unobstructed view of the surrounding nature.

Finnish firm Studio Puisto, which designed the cabin, says raising the accommodation means there is minimal contact 'with the nature below' and the cabin is 'strategically positioned so that only a few trees needed to be taken down during construction'

Finnish firm Studio Puisto, which designed the cabin, says raising the accommodation means there is minimal contact ‘with the nature below’ and the cabin is ‘strategically positioned so that only a few trees needed to be taken down during construction’

According to Studio Puisto, ‘the exterior materials and colouring help blend the cabin into the surrounding nature and make it feel as if it has always belonged amidst the vertical rhythm of forest trees around it’

It adds: ‘The landscape that opens from this window intentionally dominates the rest, as the interior is done purposefully so that it would only serve as a neutral, blank canvas second to the nature outside.’

Meanwhile, the bathroom, shower and kitchenette are all in a ‘rotating core in the middle of the cabin that also houses all tech (ventilation unit, air-source heat pump, water heater, and electrical switchboard)’.

The studio explains: ‘The solution makes it possible to keep the other walls and ceiling surfaces of the cabin as clean as possible, which creates a harmonious overall interior.

‘In addition, the water, sewer pipes and electrical cables all run to the Niliaitta prototype under the external staircase in an enclosure, similarly creating a clean exterior as well.’

The cabin's standout feature is the full-length window, which Studio Puisto says provides an unobstructed view of the surrounding nature

The cabin’s standout feature is the full-length window, which Studio Puisto says provides an unobstructed view of the surrounding nature

Inside the cabin, there is a bed for two people, a bathroom and a kitchenette with the interior corresponding 'with that of a high-standard hotel room'

Inside the cabin, there is a bed for two people, a bathroom and a kitchenette with the interior corresponding ‘with that of a high-standard hotel room’

The interiors inside the cabin 'only serve as a neutral, blank canvas second to the nature outside', says Studio Puisto

The interiors inside the cabin ‘only serve as a neutral, blank canvas second to the nature outside’, says Studio Puisto 

The bathroom, shower and kitchenette are all in a 'rotating core in the middle of the cabin that also houses all tech (ventilation unit, air-source heat pump, water heater, and electrical switchboard)’

The cabin is the first accommodation unit to be built for a new resort called the Kivijarvi Resort

The bathroom, shower and kitchenette are all housed in a ‘rotating core in the middle of the cabin that also houses all tech (ventilation unit, air-source heat pump, water heater, and electrical switchboard)’. The cabin is the first accommodation unit to be built for a new resort called the Kivijarvi Resort

The cabin costs 320 euros (£282/$383) a day in low season (January, April, November and December) and 380 euros (£335/$455) a day in the high season (February to March and May to October)

The cabin costs 320 euros (£282/$383) a day in low season (January, April, November and December) and 380 euros (£335/$455) a day in the high season (February to March and May to October)

The cabin is the first accommodation unit to be built for a new resort called the Kivijärvi Resort. It is available to book with the nearby Hannunkivi Holiday Village currently handling reservations.

It costs 320 euros (£282/$383) a day in low season (January, April, November and December) and 380 euros (£335/$455) a day in the high season (February to March and May to October).

Studio Puisto says another 25 of these niliaitta-type cabins will be built in the area to form the Kivijärvi Resort.

A further 25 accommodation units will also be created with their designs ‘depending on the natural diversity’ of their location with some ‘anchored above the lake while others will be rooted into the ground’.

Studio Puisto says another 25 of these niliaitta-type cabins will be built in the area to form the Kivijarvi Resort

Studio Puisto says another 25 of these niliaitta-type cabins will be built in the area to form the Kivijarvi Resort

Studio Puisto says: ‘For the future, a total of approximately 50 new accommodation units are planned for the area with an additional sauna and conference centre building designed for the shoreline – these structures will partially float above the water.

‘On an island in the lake, there will also be a bonfire, which is where all buildings in the entire Kivijärvi Resort area will be orientated towards.

‘This not only acts as a central physical orientation point for the resort area but also a mental one that allows us an opportunity to focus on just the essentials.’

  • Currently, entry to Finland is prohibited for non-resident foreign nationals, with some exemptions. The UK government has currently banned all foreign travel, unless it is for legally permitted reasons. 

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