Imagine stepping through the door of your home and sitting down at your dining table, which is also your bed and can disappear into the wall. See for yourself how you can take showers and cook in the knowledge that you are not drawing unnecessarily on the planet’s scarce resources.
This is the thinking behind a revolutionary Finnish invention. A type of holiday cabin which is just 25 square metres in size. The key concepts are the simple life, functionality, nature at close quarters and self-sufficiency, spread over two floors. Inside you will find a small kitchen, bedroom/living room, shower cabin and toilet.
The eco-friendly concept goes by the name Majamaja, and the man behind the invention is the Finnish architect Pekka Littow, who runs the architectural firm Littow Architectes.
Less is more
The idea came to Pekka a few years back when he wanted to build a holiday cabin for himself. A cabin to be located on a protected rocky island in Helsinki:
“The island has not been civilised. That means no infrastructure, no sewerage etc. So I started to think about how to build a home in a place like this. I drew inspiration from various places, including the military’s use of off-grid systems, and came up with the idea for this cabin where the thinking is ‘less is more’. The cabins are self-sufficient, while everything is super-functional and takes up as little space as possible. Fixtures and technology are combined in different ways.”
The wooden houses, which run on solar energy and have water tanks that purify and re-use the water, can be constructed in inaccessible and uncivilised places. In the future, this could be essential for developing countries without any centralised utilities, says Tuomas Autio, one of the co-founders:
“The cabins are ideal for those parts of the world where clean drinking water and sewerage are far from the norm. We have built a few cabins in Helsinki, with more on the way, but our goal is to create Majamaja villages all over the globe. The environment will really thank us for that,” he says.
The sustainable cabins come in prefabricated kits and have adjustable feet. That means they can be easily erected wherever you want. And they do not require the building of any foundations.