adventure journal weekend cabin city cottage helsinki 01So many weekend cabin dreams star a thatched-roof cabana on a South Pacific islet or a hut with ski in-only access in the Caucasus. Worthy, to be sure, but hardly easy on the logistics of getting away for a few days. A Finnish family has streamlined the logistics down to a short walk. In the process, they’ve proven that proximity in no way diminishes the glorious escapism of a well-designed cottage.

Located just two kilometers away from their primary home in Helsinki, the family cottage is located on a suburban island called Lauttasaari. Other small cabins dot the park-like setting and share views of the Gulf of Finland. At 150 square feet, the interior of this cottage was designed with the sleek functionality of a sailboat, where couches fold into beds and kitchen spaces convert into office space.

The owners and designers – a wife and husband team – of the City Cottage are two principals at Verstas Architects. They share the cottage with their two children.

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Photos courtesy Andreas Meichsner, Tuomas Uusheimo, and Hisashi Tokuyoshi.
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.

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