House Apelle is a single family home designed by Casagrande Laboratory located in Karjaa, Finland. It’s situated in what is a natural harbor, much like a boat, surrounded by bedrocks and mature trees. The house, both long and narrow, is built along the same lines as traditional Finnish architecture, in that the interior is laid out with multifunctional spaces where you do everything from socializing, working, to sleeping, all in the same space.

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

This house, along with the other homes in the area, is surrounded by and very much a part of nature and the architecture “is a mediator between the modern man and nature.”

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

The large round windows are similar to the windows you see on ships. The house was built by two local carpenters who not only build houses, they build wooden boats and so they looked at this structure as a boat.

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

Situated in an area with harsh winters, the home is well-insulated and stays warm with thermal heating and two fireplaces.

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

Three more round windows adorn the exterior, giving it a ship-like appearance.

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

There’s even a sleeping loft above the the kitchen cabinets that you access through the bedroom.

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

A circular fireplace creates a division between the bed and the rest of the bedroom while also being functional.

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

House Apelle by Casagrande Laboratory  in architecture  Category

Photos by AdDa Zei.