London-based students to build a wooden shelter in Finnish wilderness
To celebrate the Finland’s centenary of independence, the Finnish Institute in London is organising Mobile Home London, a design project realised by the architecture students of University of Westminster together with acclaimed architects from Finland and the UK. In May 2017, the students are designing and building an environmentally friendly wooden shelter at Lusto – The Finnish Forest Museum.
15 students from eight different countries arrived at the site at the Lusto – The Finnish Forrest Museum in the middle of wilderness at Punkaharju 29 April. Together with Finnish architect Sami Rintala and British architect Tom Raymont they are designing and building an innovative wood structure in a week. The shelter will have a hearth and it is going to be available for public use from 8 May onwards.
“It’s exciting to see how the group of students from different countries and cultures will interpret the Finnish wilderness and how it inspires their work,” says Pauliina Ståhlberg, the director of the Finnish Institute in London.
The project is an integral part of the architecture studies of the University of Westminster. The processes and the end result of the project will be presented at the university’s graduation show in London in June. Mobile Home London is also showcased to a professional audience at the Habitare Showroom in Helsinki in September.
The project is run by University of Westminster’s professor Harry Charrington and Finnish architect Sami Rintala along with Harry Paticas and Tom Raymont, who run Design Studio 3.6 at the University of Westminster.
Environmentally friendly structures
Environmentally friendly wooden building techniques and design have been part of the architecture studies of the University of Westminster in 2016 and 2017.
In January 2017, the Finnish Institute collaborated with the University of Westminster to organise a series of workshops in London where the students had the opportunity to research materials and techniques to develop the environmentally friendly solutions for the wooden shelter.
“The workshop method is an experimental, intuitive and intensive way of designing: allowing anything to happen,” says architect Rintala. “This is important when trying to find new, unforeseen solutions that focus on environmental issues. It also combines better the head and the hand, drawing and building, physical locality and universal ideas.”
Mobile Home London is part of the largest ever, collaborative project between the Finnish institutes in Paris, Berlin and Benelux Countries, Mobile Home 2017. The design driven project is part of the Finland 100 programme celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence 2017.
Follow the project’s progress on Mobile Home’s Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/mobilehome2017/