THE BARTLETT SCHOOL OF ARCHITECT, UCL
Up to the 60th parallel north Scandinavian forests are experiencing great changes during the Anthropocene. Climate change has caused significant risks for the global forest coverage. For decades, researchers have established strategies for mitigating deforestation in rural areas. Meanwhile, due to the rising population and living stresses, the tension between humans and urban landscapes rises.
Finland is Europe’s most heavily forested country. Along the Baltic Sea, Finnish territory also contains the world largest archipelago. Inspired by the Japanese natural therapy of shinrin yoku, the project took Stormälö Island as the experimenting ground for a new form of forest co-living. The site, covered by a dense coniferous forest, is hidden in an abandoned pit with an elevation difference of 35m. This unique environmental feature drove the design ambition to revive the pit and create a retreat which supports the coexistence of humans and nature.