This Finnish Cabin is the Ultimate Eco-Friendly Design Experience

“Living and designing sustainably is a must. Not an extra to the whole project, but one of its cornerstones.”
– Robin Falck

In our restless world of global transport, consumption and high-speed development, sustainability and eco-friendliness are becoming increasingly important elements. This also applies to the world of architecture. Finnish designer Robin Falck is one member of his guild determined to make sustainability an integral part of designing the future with his latest project Nolla Cabin.

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Born in Helsinki, Robin showcases his ability to make design eco-friendly. His visually striking, functional prefab design Nolla Cabin is a triangular-shaped one-room building. It contains everything you need while discarding anything unnecessary. Robin wants it to act as an example and inspiration to other designers to create sustainably.

We spoke to Robin about his view on design, sustainability – and if spending your night in Nolla Cabin is a pleasant experience.

THE PLUS: What inspired you to come up with the triangular shape of Nolla Cabin?
Robin Falck:
My main inspirations were camping and traditional tents in terms of the cabin’s shape and ideology. It is supposed to convey the message of only taking the most essential things with you.

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TP: The cabin is made to be very eco-friendly. How eco-friendly is the current design world in general?
RF:
Most people limit their eco-friendliness only to materials. There is more to it though, like rubbish recycling or efficient energy consumption. These things are disregarded quite often.

TP: Was it difficult to realise your ideas for this project whilst having to stay eco-friendly in your choices?
RF:
Not really, taking care of the environment and overall sustainability have always acted as driving forces in my work. In some ways, these criteria made working on Nolla Cabin even easier.

TP: How did eco-friendliness make your work easier?
RF:
Not having to cram a lot of modern comforts that we really can do without into the design made it easier for me to find my constraints to work within and focus on the core features of the cabin, size, material and experience.

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TP: What is your personal view on living and designing sustainably?
RF:
In my opinion, living and designing sustainably is a must. It’s not just a trendy fashion that will blow over sooner or later. It should be an integral part of life and design, as important as possible. It must not be an extra to the whole project, but one of its cornerstones.

TP: How do you see designs like this becoming relevant in the future – in terms of space efficiency as well as sustainability?
RF:
I hope to see more solutions like this from other designers. One of the reasons I do my work is to inspire other creatives and make them realise that accomplishing a sustainable, efficient design is not that hard and can actually be a really fun subject that helps the environment at the same time.

TP: Do you plan to cooperate with other designers to inspire them and spread your ideas?
RF:
 I’m always looking for talented people that are open to cooperative and come up with great ideas! But they are not necessarily always designers. I find it fascinating to work with people outside my own field and that way coming up with new concepts and ideas. Anything from a florist to a physicist.

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TP: Have you or would you like to live or spend time in Nolla Cabin?
RF:
Yes, I spent three nights in the cabin – and I loved it!

TP: Finns like spending time at their summer houses. How well does the cabin capture the idea of being Finnish and living that way?
RF:
Mostly, it captured the Finnish identity in terms of location. Apart from that, it does actually break the norms of how we Finns see our cabins. We usually like the idea of being as far away from our neighbours as possible.

TP: What do you think about implementing the ideas that made Nolla Cabin into a more urban context?
RF:
A lot of the thinking that went into the Nolla can be implemented into urban living. Switching to sustainable energy, producing near zero-waste, buying less, moving into a smaller apartment.

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TP: What role did your experience from your preceding project, Nido, play?
RF:
I would say that without the success of the Nido, I wouldn’t have had the chance to create Nolla. So, it was quite important.

TP: The cabin was available for rent only until the end of September. Where are you taking it next?
RF:
Just this week we looked at a new location for it, still on the same island but a place better suited for its maintenance and hosting guests. It is yet not determined though whether it will be listed on Airbnb again as before, or on another service.

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