The Space of Mind cabin concept, by the Helsinki-based architecture firm Studio Puisto, is intended for relaxation and overnight stays in nature. As the architects state, Space of Mind is the future of micro hospitality. During the coronavirus pandemic, individual spaces for work and recreation located in forests or natural environments have become all the rage.
The concept of prefabricated small cabins enables erecting cabins in nature, including terrain that is difficult to access. The Space of Mind cabin’s area is less than ten square meters and the space has one window covering an entire wall and an edgy slanted roof. The idea is that the cabin can be assembled even in the most remote locations with minimal disruption to its surroundings, for instance on a set of pillars, ensuring that it leaves as small of a mark in the surrounding nature as possible.
The craftsmen from Halikko, Finland build the cottages, while offering the flexibility to create a space that meets different needs and preferences. The cottages can be used, for instance, as a work space, meditation room or sport facility. All the integrated storage, furniture and equipment have been uniquely designed and handcrafted for Space of Mind and all the materials come from local producers.
The large window surface is the shape of an irregular polygon due to the unusual solution used on its roof: the ridge is diagonal, reaching from one corner to another instead of a regular roof that follows the direction of the sides of the spatial object. In front of the entrance, there is a small canopy, necessary in the Finnish climate, and a front patio. The small house does not have a separate heat insulation layer and its untreated wooden surfaces are displayed in the indoor space. The roof is also made of wood. It resembles the traditional simple boarded roof typical in Finnish buildings. Its façades have a curious, mismatched look that makes the indoor space appear airier and more exciting than its size would suggest.
There are two Space of Mind cabins located in Ähtäri in connection with the Sauna-restaurant Kiulu, also designed by Studio Puisto.