Majamaja brings off-grid designer cabins to Helsinki’s archipelago
The company’s holistic and environment-oriented approach includes unique Finnish wood architecture.
By JOHAN MAGNUSSON
December 19, 2020
Every citizen of Helsinki lives less than 10 kilometers from the sea. The sea embraces its city center on three sides, and a special feature of the city is a mosaic of islands, most of them public property. The sea and the city’s seafronts play significant roles in daily life in Helsinki, from recreation to the culinary culture. ”Island-hopping” is a Helsinki specialty.
The city’s maritime nature is a key factor in the appeal of Helsinki, that’s launched a new strategy to steer the development and to ensure responsible tourism that conserves the delicate nature of the city’s archipelago. One milestone of this development is Majamaja’s eco-cabins. Standing on scenic rocky shores and offering sea-views over the Helsinki archipelago, they present a minimalistic living experience with modern comforts including a shower and a kitchen. The cabins use green technology, such as solar power, and water is treated for reuse in a closed-loop system.
— The concept is driven by the need to radically rethink and to minimize our ecological impact. The purpose is to show how small-scale architecture, combined with green technology, can compensate for big volumes and centralized on-grid systems. Majamaja offers dwellers an opportunity to disconnect from daily routines and an educational eco-living experience, yet close to the hustle and bustle of the city, says Majamaja architect Pekka Littow.