Project Ö (where Ö means island in Swedish) was completed earlier this year and brings us the ultimate summer retreat. It consists of a small cabin and a workshop which were built on a 5-acre island on the edge of Archipelago National Park in Finland. The owners purchased the entire island and turned it into their own little slice of paradise, a place where they can relax, unwind and spend time with friends and family during the summer. Although both the cabin and the workshop are small (70 square meters of space in total) they can comfortably sleep up to 10 people.
The small island on which this beautiful summer cabin was built is entirely self-sufficient. It uses solar power and filtered sea water and has a sauna stove which gives hot running water and heats the spaces. It would be fair to consider this an off-the-grid retreat especially since it can only be reached by boat. The cabin and workshop follow a traditional Finnish aesthetic, featuring gabled roofs, long eaves and extended gutters.
They also have vertical cladding inside and out and enjoy a strong bond with their natural surroundings. Large windows reveal the mesmerizing views and help the interior spaces seem less small. Ultimately, the designers wanted to make this retreat as compact as possible without compromising functionality or comfort.