Located at the intersection of Puuhkalakintie and Turkistie street in the second largest city of Finland, the Villa Kotilo is a spiral braiding building that coated with larch tiles from Krasnoyarsk of Russia.
Finish architect Olavi Koponen named the extraordinary building “Villa Kotilo” – kotilo means “sea shell”, its everything is round and curved – the outer walls, the stairs, even parts of the furniture.
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Both the main structure and the surfaces of the house are developed challenging the basic structure of the wood wall. Floors and ceilings are made of prefabricated elements that van curving around a central pillar and are partially supported by a metal framework.
Inspiration from architect:
The idea rather curious to me came so unexpected listening to an interview with Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki, when turned a polystyrene rod around a central chimney.
I made a proposal for the architectural competition in 2004 based on this idea. After winning the competition and having the chance to get to build building, only cellular spaces moved to a separate building from the house principal.