Villa Esker
Villa Esker

The site is surrounded by boreal pine forest and the terrain is characterized by a rocky ridge ascending towards north west. The plot offers stunning views of the Finnish Lake District towards south west, and the concept of the design focuses on enjoying these views while respecting the presence of nature.

All main activities are arranged on the south western side, with wide openings towards the lake landscape. In order to avoid tall building volume, the building mass is broken up into a series of steps, ascending the ridge. The presence of the surrounding nature is further enhanced by separating the facilities for parking and sauna from the main building, and by arranging these buildings to complement the arrangement along the organic ridge line.

While generous lake views dominate the master bedroom, living room, dining area and the panorama terrace in the main building, the lake itself can be enjoyed at ease from the sauna facilities near the shoreline.

All buildings are built out of wood. Solid CLT is used due to its qualities, which enable design of the openings with greater freedom and offer rigid solution in stepping structural geometry throughout the lifecycle. Equally important was to take advantage of the mass of solid wood and its hygroscopic qualities for improved and more balanced indoor air conditions.

As the grand openings face south west, in was seen important to prevent too much direct sunlight from penetrating the interiors, but without using views blocking blinds or energy consuming cooling system. Instead, roofing geometry is designed with an overhang, that is optimized to block direct sunlight yet to allow indirect and reflected sunlight into the interiors.

Energy that is needed for heating and operational usage is mainly generated by solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of the main building, and by a ground heat system.

Location:Lake District of Finland
Type and Year:Direct commission, completion in 2021
Gross Floor Area:220 m2
Architecture:Toni Yli-Suvanto Architects
Structure:RS Ariva Oy
Services:LVI-suunnittelu Joni Koistinen
Electrical:Sähkösuunnittelu Kepsu Ky
Visualisation:Toni Yli-Suvanto Architects