“Apelle is a wooden one family house located in Karjaa, Finland. The building rests in a natural harbor like a boat in a sheltering pocket surrounded by bed rocks and trees. The interior space of Apelle is a continuous tube that grows gradually along the house and through the main opening and terrace into the forest. Along this axis the collective and private actions are tuned according to the times, functions and needs of the day and night. The same space is used for everything from sleeping to eating and from socializing to work as a studio space or a gym. This kind of multi-functional space of “tupa” or “pirtti” is common in traditional Finnish architecture. A free standing cube serves for water with a sleeping loft on top…
Archive for the ‘green’ Category
On this strange, shortest day of the year, when the world of course did not end but nevertheless continues its alarming drift into polar melt, I just hope that miraculous creatures like the Venezuelan poodle moth are managing to survive. How beautiful it is, almost like a Christmas decoration in the winter palace. It puts all human design to shame. I hope it and all its fellow species live to see another year.
The days are getting longer now, a huge relief for those of us in the northern hemisphere, but the world’s also getting hotter and who knows what seasons we’re heading for. Speaking of which: Dear Canada, we are among the biggest energy users in the world. We don’t need to keep our houses at 20 degrees indoors! Let’s turn the heat down and put on some sweaters.
As Leonard Cohen suggested, let’s just put our paper hats on our concussions and dance. Happy Holidays & New Year’s, everyone.