Friday Cabins #77: Finland's Majamaja Micro Cabin Retreat
Just minutes from downtown Helsinki sits a series of boat-access, off-grid cabins, and saunas for burned out urbanites
Howdy howdy, it’s Friday and I'm Cabins Etc and this is Friday Cabins, your weekly newsletter about all cabins, the outdoors, and where those ethereal things intersect.
This week we’re heading to the physical embodiment of this intersection: Scandinavia. Finland, specifically, which technically isn’t Scandinavian—it’s “Nordic”—but you know... ANYWAY this little nation of islands, archipelagos, and alien-language-speaking people is home to some of the world’s most beautiful examples of modern and contemporary design and feats of nature. It’s also home to Majamaja Village, an extremely aesthetic series of off-grid micro cabins perched on rocky outcroppings on the Helsinki Archipelago.
Sound cool? It is. So read on then go set your own google flight alerts and we’ll see ya among the midnight sun in 2024!
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🛶 Finland's Majamaja Village Offers Sustainable, Off-Grid Cabin Rentals
Just a short 30-minute bike ride from downtown Helsinki, Finland, Majamaja Village by Littow Architects is a collection of five off-grid, prefab micro cabins available to rent for a nature-filled vacation. The firm's first model, the Majamaja Cabin, was completed in 2020 and acts not only as an example for the other cabins on-site, but also a housing model to be used worldwide.
With a literal and figuratively small footprint, the off-grid design system of the Majamaja Cabin centers sustainability and harmony with nature. Like other landscape hotels we've drooled over, Majamaja encourages guests to disconnect from a hectic lifestyle and immerse themselves in their surroundings. Littow Architects also hope guests learn the joys of living sustainability, and that comfort and good design aren't things we need to sacrifice in the name of eco-consciousness.
The Majamaja Cabin is a prefab structure and transportable with a design that's easy to assemble and disassemble with little trace left behind in the process. Clad in black painted native spruce, the exterior features a boardwalk and deck that overlook the water, plus a large floor-to-ceiling window up front and a solar panel line-up on the gabled roof.
At about 250 square feet, the interior is small but houses a kitchen and living area, a bathroom and shower room, and a sleeping mezzanine. Folding furniture and plywood doors that block off the kitchen area make efficient use of the modest floor plan, and most of the interior is made with plywood and painted black for an affordable yet sleek design.
The cabins are outfitted with a closed-loop water system that minimizes waste by filtering lightly-used shower and kitchen grey water, while waste from the dry toilet is repurposed as fertilizer. Solar panels provide electricity to various minor appliances, and large windows let in plenty of natural light for an all-around environmentally friendly design.
To visit Majamaja Village, cabins are now available for rent for the April through November season for $250 - $425 per night. Sauna sessions and guided outdoor adventures are also available for hire.
Littow Archirects has plans to bring its design worldwide with its first international project being a similar eco-village in France. (Here's hoping New York is next!)
Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend, friends!