40 Sustainable Environments
Saunders & Wilhelmsen Arkitektur,
Summer House, Åland, Finland
is summer residence is erected on post
foundations so that the ground and tree roots
below would remain undisturbed, allowing
the building to be sited near existing trees.
Raising the structure slightly minimized the
need to regrade and restore the surround-
ing earth, which was particularly eﬀ ective
since the site and region is quite ﬂ at. As a
result, the house could be located close to
the ground without steps up to the platform.
is proximity to grade provides a sense of
intimacy with nature for the inhabitants; the
roof terrace (whose access stairs are visible
on the right) oﬀ ers better views of the nearby
islands. Building on posts also facilitates
the reading of the structure as a continuous
folding plane that rests lightly on the land. In
fact, the architects describe the cabin as an
architectural landscape that transforms itself
from wall to ﬂ oor to roof.