Small House

Four-Cornered Villa








The cross like shape of this simple villa reaches towards four very different views. The space is open and defined at the same time. The exterior is treated black and to contrast the interior is very light. The building is insulated well and heated by wood only. There is no electricity or running water. The simple and ascetic life at the countryside differs dramatically from the hectic city life.

An remote 840 square feet home in Virrat, Finland with no grid facilities. Designed by Avanto Architects.

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  • Reply Carol January 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    So stark. Did not see a view of kitchen or bathroom, would be interesting to see.

  • Reply Tina January 25, 2014 at 1:17 am

    I’m pretty sure the sauna would be my favorite room in the Winter months!

  • Reply Patty January 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I think this house is just used for detox purposes. Sex on the rugs and sauna to purge. Perfect get away!

  • Reply PUTTY January 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    OH PATTY! I’m blushing lol Is it the night wind howling? or can I be a welcome guest? All kidding aside this beautiful cross like home is something I might like to bare.Minimal,sleek and inviting,private,sensual and back to nature – I hope much thought was given to sustainable materials when conceived and off grid capabilities for thinkers “outside the box”.

  • Reply PUTTY January 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    And…BTW I agree with all the above women…Liberating! Meditative reflections…the forest for the trees.Imagine the seasons,changing light like a sundial,the hours well spent,the refuge.How far is it from civilization?What’s it’s actual cost (both literally and figuratively)?These questions are probably best left for greater minds,budgets and builders.I can only afford and applaud the ARTFUL living WELL…that is WITHIN my means.Of rooms and views though…KUDOS ALL!!!

  • Reply Gracie August 2, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Beautiful, but the lack of privacy hardly makes it a refuge.

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