Avanto Architects completes sustainable cottage in a secluded forest environment
The site of this ‘Four Cornered Villa’ by Avanto Architects Ltd is situated on a horseshoe-shaped island and faces north and east. 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 all black and to contrast the bright, pale interior, with the idea that the dark colour will make the building completely disappear when seen from the lake.
The roof is flat – there is some warm irony to the clichés of modern architecture. The building is insulated well and heated by wood only resulting in a carbon neutral building. There is no running water and the electricity is provided by the sun.
Vegetables and herbs are cultivated on site and the Vaskivesi Lake is known as a good place to catch pike-perch. The simple and ascetic life at the countryside differs dramatically from the hectic city life and provides a possibility to live a life with a minimum impact to the nature.