A dogtrot cabin in Finland | K2S Architects

This small family vacation cabin combines a dogtrot floor plan with a Nordic design aesthetic. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Villa Kallioniemi is a family vacation cabin on Lepäinen, an island in southern Finland. K2S Architects gave the small cabin a dogtrot design. A dogtrot house has two enclosed volumes joined under a common roof with a breezway in between. Before air conditioning, dogtrot houses were popular in the southern U.S. states, appreciated for the cooling breezes that could flow through the center of the house.

Although these photos show the cabin in winter, it is mainly intended as a summer vacation retreat. The cabin is heated, with radiators in the bedrooms and a woodstove in the living area, so it can also be used during cold weather. However the bathroom is in a separate utility building and the two children’s bedrooms can only be reached by an outside hallway. The parents’ bedroom, at the opposite end, is directly connected to the living area.

This small family vacation cabin combines a dogtrot floor plan with a Nordic design aesthetic. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The children’s bedrooms are small but the dividing wall can open up to create a larger single bedroom. The living space is also small but French doors open it to the breezeway, which functions as the real living room in summer anyway. The living space is enclosed by glass on three sides, with a kitchenette along the fourth wall. There is another cooking area with barbecue and small sink in the breezeway.

This small family vacation cabin combines a dogtrot floor plan with a Nordic design aesthetic. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Villa Kallioniemi has a simple, clean-lined form that the architects say was inspired by Finnish building tradition. The exterior is clad in vertical pine boards and the rafter tails were left exposed. The interior also has a pine finish, but the boards were whitewashed on the inside.

This small family vacation cabin combines a dogtrot floor plan with a Nordic design aesthetic. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

A small dogtrot house like this would be relatively easy for an inexperienced owner-builder to construct. The dogtrot design keeps spans to a minimum, eliminating the need for long and heavy beams, and also lends itself to being built in manageable phases.

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Photographs by Marko Huttunen, courtesy of K2S Architects. Via ArchDaily.

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