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Biomorphic home in Finland – design by Arkkitehdit NRT

15 Apr 2008

House Moby Dick

Design: Arkkitehdit NRT

New House in Espoo

This biomorphic house peeks to the street from behind the rocks. A stair built of stone and a bridge out of steel lead to the main entrance on the first floor above ground level. One enters the building through an organic, white outer wall. On this floor there is a living-room, a library, master bedroom and two balconies. Ground floor houses childrens’ spaces, guestroom and a garage. The basement contains sauna facilities, fireplace and gym.

Espoo House Espoo Property
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Floors are connected by a tall staircase as well as by a two-storey-high winter-garden. Three translucent glass-steel bridges join these spaces as well. Staircase, which forms the spatial core of the house, is lit by a large skylight. From the staircase one has a view of all directions over the house – either directly or through diverse glass-walls.

Organic-shaped ceiling in the first floor complements free-form spatial organization emphasized by the curvy white outer wall. All interior walls are rectangular in section as opposed to the outer shell, which forms a dynamic contrast between the two. The house opens towards southwest – in direction of the garden – through large windows.

Materials and Structural Construction
The structural framework of the house consists of concrete-filled steel pillars, concrete-steel composite slabs combined with steel-wood roof construction.
Facades are mostly clad with plywood, together with pine slats and boards. The undulating first-floor ceiling consists of overlapping birch veneer plates – making it possible to cover the organic form bending in two directions.
The interior stair is a steel-container shell construction clad with oak plates. The handrail consists of tubular steel and balustrade is of steel wires.
The fireplace in living-room is a steel construction clad with brushed aluminium plates.
The house is equipped with a heating-pump / floor heating system
Situated in an old housing area, Espoo, Finland
Construction completed: 2003
Floor surface area: approx 570 m2
Client: a four-person family

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House Moby Dick images / information from Arkkitehdit NRT

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Location:Espoo, Finland

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