With their Journey to Zero campaign, launching this summer, Finnish renewable energy company
Neste was looking for ways to build a world with minimal emissions. The first lap of this journey, the
Nolla cabin, was a challenge for me to design and demonstrate a way of living that has a minimal carbon
footprint in every aspect.
The cabin functions entirely on renewable energy and excludes most modern commodities. The
cabin itself is a compact and entirely mobile 10m 2 dwelling, that can be assembled, dissembled and
transported without any heavy machinery. It demonstrates a low-impact daily life, that is based on
self-sufficiency and renewable solutions – thus generating minimal to no emissions.
Located on Vallisaari, one of the most diverse islands in the Helsinki archipelago, Nolla is a
compelling space for simple living in the realm of nature – yet in the immediate proximity of the
Helsinki city centre. The cabin and its surroundings offer an excellent environment for a relaxing getaway from everyday life, where visitors have the chance to wind down and distance themselves from their daily routines and obligations.
One aspect that I wanted to bring to the design is movability. Why tear up the surroundings and leave the environment in pieces to slowly recover. Having a solution you can carry by hand to the chosen location you can start enjoying your stay as if it always been there - or hasn't.
The cabin structures have been fastened together with screws, so it can be taken apart and put back together like a puzzle. The pedestals are adjustable, so that the cabin can adapt to different kinds of terrain. In essence, there are no special parts used in building it – a replica of any part can be made from scratch by anyone, all they need is timber.
The culture of repairing things is disappearing, and we’re quick to buy a replacement rather than fix what we already have – but that’s not a very sustainable way of living. I find modern-day helplessness and the inability to make things with our own hands slightly scary, so I wanted to make the cabin easily repairable and thus give it an infinite number of life cycles.
The cabin and its surroundings offer an excellent environment for a relaxing getaway from everyday life, where visitors have the chance to wind down and distance themselves from their daily routines and obligations.
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