Task
cabins, camping, service building and recreational area

Year
2016

Scope
Auxiliary Building 155 m2, Cottages 5x 18m2

Client
Pihtipudas Municipality Real Estate

Design
Mikko Jakonen, Emma Johansson, Willem van Bolderen, Pauliina Kujala

Partners
Photographs: Marc Goodwin, Business concept: Onvisio Consulting, Structural engineer: Laukka, HVAC design: Mäkelä, Electrical design: Aarne Kärkkonen

Competence
Area Planning, Landscape Design, Building Design, Interior Design supervision

Rest Area Niemenharju is located on European highway E75 which runs from Greece in the south to North Cape all the way in the North of Europe. After a long drive, it’s a perfect place to stop for the night and take in the natural environment. The Rest Area is located on a beautiful spot next to a large pond and a ridge (in Finnish harju, hence the name) bordering lake Kolima, which is a remnant from the ice age. The Rest Area takes its inspiration from the surrounding nature. It offers a break from driving, with beautiful, unobstructed views to the water.

The camping area is used during the summer months and comprises of 5 cabins, a service building and 42 camping spots. The camping area is in close relation to the pond. Most of the camping spots have a view towards the shore and from the saunas in the service building one can make a refreshing dip in the water.

The architecture of the buildings on the campsite take their inspiration from the vernacular buildings that were already on there. The new buildings are stained black so as to blend into nature. This also helps the original buildings stand out.

Rest Area Niemenharju is not your typical service station. It offers a retreat from traffic and a peaceful environment to enjoy the surroundings, local food and a good night sleep. All of this is achieved through structural wooden architecture that is innovative, out of the ordinary and sustainable.

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