“I look at things from the environment’s perspective. There should be a symbiosis between the design and where it’s encountered.”
Out Of This World: UFO-Like Treehouse Offers Forest Views
A UFO-like treehouse has appeared in a Finnish forest.
The otherworldly creation has been built by a firm usually known for making high-performance electric cars.
Swedish company Polestar constructed the micro-space treehouse, dubbed KOJA, based on a design by Finnish designer Kristian Talvitie.
The concept received an honorable mention in the 2021 Polestar Design Contest, so the company decided to bring it to life to mark the launch of the 2022 contest.
Built in the village of Fiskars, an art and design hub in southwestern Finland, KOJA is the first submission from the competition to be realized in full-scale.
A response to the contest theme of “progress”, KOJA is described as redefining sustainable travel by reducing the need for travel in the first place, yet still brings people closer to nature.
Koja is a Swedish word meaning “hut” or “den,” and the interior of the treehouse offers a simple space for hanging out in nature.
Attached to a tree trunk just below the canopy, the design maximizes the treetop view with a panoramic glazed facade.
Accessed by a rear staircase, there is one room forming a U-shape around the tree trunk.
Conceived as a lounge or basic sleeping area, there are no amenities, although users can visit a nearby standalone bathroom in the woods.
“We were fascinated by the idea and how it translates our brand values into a different environment. That was key for us, and we were so impressed that we decided to build it,” says Maximilian Missoni, Head of Design at Polestar.
Described as “a rich, immersive experience in a natural environment,” KOJA connects to the growing micro space trend and the tree house is accessible for people who would otherwise take a much longer trip to experience the wilderness.
“Most designers look at a design from a user perspective,” says the designer of KOJA, Kristian Talvitie. “I also look at things from the environment’s perspective. There should be a symbiosis between the design and where it’s encountered.”
To translate the design into reality, Kristian Talvitie worked closely with the Polestar Design team in Gothenburg, Sweden, and with colleagues at the Finnish design agency Ultra.
Created from sustainable and durable materials such as locally sourced wood and wool, KOJA blends in with its natural environment and at the same time creates an eye-catching contrast.
KOJA is part of the ‘House by an Architect’ exhibition during the Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale, open from May to September 2022.
Produced in association with SWNS.