A 2013 construction, House M-M was built by Tuomas Siitonen Office for Finnish actress Vilma Melasniemi, actor Juho Milonoff, their young children, and their extended family. The three-story home is located in the Oulunkylä neighborhood of Helsinki beside the grandparents’ 100-year-old villa. The new structure is composed of a ground floor with a sauna and a utility space and two upper-level apartments, one for the young family and one for the maternal great-grandmother. Bringing the family together, the house provides communal space and private rooms for everyone. The third-floor reception and kitchen serves as a living room that accommodates the whole family with room for friends. Featuring flamed birch, the space is warm and welcoming, an ideal stage for the black fireplace. The large windows in the living room and bedrooms look over the surrounding garden of apple and lilac trees. Additionally, the house opens up to the outside via a ground-floor terrace and a second-story porch. From the outside, the house is angular yet natural in appearance. Cladded with Siberian larch, the exterior changes color with the seasons and will go gray with age.

Photography by Tuomas Uusheimo and Maija Luutonen

    string(5) "Holly"
Avatar photo

Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Tags: ,
    • House MN

      Architecture

      A wood-clad house designed with two volumes nestled into a hillside, and windows that frame…

    • Roam Ranch

      Architecture

      A sprawling family home where Central Texas vernacular architecture meets contemporary design. Set on a…

    • Old School House

      Architecture

      Designed to sit gently alongside a 19th-century stone building, this contemporary extension features all-wood cladding…

    • De L’Écrin Residence

      Architecture

      An extension designed for a duplex in a dense and vibrant neighborhood of Montreal, Canada….

    • We Rural Country House

      Architecture

      An old farmhouse, thoughtfully restored and redesigned into a tranquil retreat that immerses guests into…

loader