Kosketus (Touch) is a onefamily house designed for industrial manufacture. The prototype of which was displayed at the Housing Fair in 2000 in Tuusula.
The design aimed to create a prefabricated house suitable for an urban environment. As it is intended for a four-person family, it was reckoned that a full 140m² of net space would be needed.
Despite the building’s clearly defined exterior, it has a variety of forms internally. The monopitch roof forms a foursquare compact envelope around a series of varied individual outdoor spaces. The tiled roof has glazed portions over the house’s veranda, bedroom balcony and sauna terrace, bringing light into the middle of the building’s frame.
The rooms are grouped around a 1½-story open ’farmhouse’ living area, which is centered on a kitchen stove, and comprises a living room, kitchen and a dining area. Furnishings divide these into zones within a unified area of varying height.
The house is made from large prefabricated units, which are assembled and surface finished at the factory.
The house was shown in the Home Delivery exhibition at the MoMa in New York 2008.
Project in brief
Talo Kosketus (Touch)
- Location | Tuusula
- Purpose | Residential building
- Constructor/Client | Kannustalo Oy / Mika Uusimäki
- Architectural Design | Heikkinen Komonen Architects
- Structural design | Kannustalo Oy
- Contractor | Kare-Talot Oy
- Interior design | Kirsi Valanti, interior designer
- Total area | 148 m2
- Year completed | 2000
- Photographs | Jussi Tiainen