The Wave House Is a Futuristic Finnish Home With a Sweeping Roof
In the town of Mikkeli in Eastern Finland, architect Seppo Mäntylä has created the Wave House—a striking, elongated log home with a sweeping curved roof.
Mäntylä is well known in Finland for his spectacular wooden homes, and he drafted plans for the Wave House for a client in Moscow—but unfortunately, the arrangement fell through. It did, however, grab the attention of Mikko Vainionpää, the owner of log home manufacturer Polar Life Haus. Vainionpää liked the design so much that he collaborated with Mäntylä to make the project a reality.
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"The most unique feature of Wave House is its curving shape. These kind of shapes have been used in public buildings before, but realizing such shapes in a single-family residence is very demanding and unique. Another unique thing is that the Wave House is in a way a prefab house, and can be enlarged with a lower level of around 1,076 to 6,458 square feet," says Mäntylä.
The design for the 3,050-square-foot, single-level house draws inspiration from the aerodynamic curves of boats and airplanes. The home is made from a combination of solid pine, glass and steel.
Mäntylä says that he specifically designed the volume of the house to harmonize with the surrounding environment. The architect incorporated large expanses of glazing, and he strategically placed all doors and windows to frame the best views. The open-plan living area is oriented toward the lake, and it leads out to a large cantilevered terrace.
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The remarkable log home was showcased in 2017 at the annual Finnish Housing Fair in Mikkeli, where it won awards for three categories.