I'm currently taking part in press events surrounding Helsinki Design Week — one of my first stops in the Finnish capital was the temporary Wisa Hotel. It's a small two room structure on the tiny island of Valkosaari in the Helsinki harbor.
The Wisa Hotel is comprised of two elevated wooded cubes that are united within a framework of artfully bent wood. Inside this courtyard area, is a space for a small campfire/grill and an elevated platform that hosts another sitting area. The two cubes are completely enclosed in plywood and glass and they are remarkably quiet in the bust Helsinki harbor! (did you see the size of the ferrys to Stockholm?)
Architect Pieta-Linda Auttila, won a design competition sponsored by Finnish lumber company UPM — designers had just 24 hours from learning the design challenge and submitting a final proposal. The winning design would have to be constructed in just 5 weeks.
The tiny island of Valkosaari is also home to a Yacht club. The Wisa Hotel is really an elaborate camp site — no running water or electricity.
(Images: Aaron Able)