The daycare centre Misteli, designed by architect Mikko Kaira, was built on a pine heath slope descending into a residential housing area. The façades of the single-storey houses are of red brick and white-painted boards.
The new daycare centre both blends into and stands out from its surroundings. Its white-painted wooden parts link it to the other houses in the area, while its other primary material, solid log, distinguish it as a separate entity as the only public building in the area. The construction material is thus wood treated in a variety of ways. All the log surfaces and board-covered terraces have been treated with a mixture of linseed oil and tar. Environmentally friendly surface treatments have also been used elsewhere in the building.
The yard of the daycare centre open to the south-west. Supported by pillars, part of the building projects out over an old gravel pit which already existed on the site, creating an exciting playing space beneath the house. A freely winding fence surrounds the yard with light fixtures designed especially for the daycare centre.
Source: Finnish Architectural Review 4/1998