On the tiny island of Vallisaari, just off the coast of Helsinki sits Nolla which is a 9m2 A-frame wooden cabin designed by Finnish designer Robin Falck, that represents an approach to living, where the focus is more on the outdoors.
Named Nolla after the Finnish word for zero, the mobile cabin is built with sustainable materials – local pine and plywood – and is designed to allow visitors to have a zero-emissions holiday.
The size of a small bedroom, Nolla is built from A-frames with a glass front to give guests a direct view of its surroundings. The design excludes most modern commodities, focusing instead on self-sufficiency and low-impact living. As per Nordic tradition, there is no indoor bathroom – any washroom needs are taken care of in an outhouse.
The cabin has a small cooking nook, featuring a Wallas stove, that can be used for both cooking and heating. The electricity supply of the cabin is generated by solar panels that are attached to the cabin’s roof. Supply may thus vary according to weather and can only be used for charging handheld devices. The cabin does not feature Wi-fi – but with such views, who needs the internet, anyway?
The Nolla cabin and its surroundings offer an idyllic environment for a relaxing getaway from everyday life. At Nolla, everyone has a chance to wind down and break away from their daily routines and obligations.
Profits made from the cabin will be donated to The Ocean Cleanup, who develop advanced technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic.
The cabin is located in the Helsinki archipelago, on the Vallisaari island, which is a 20-minute boat ride away from Helsinki city centre. Vallisaari is in a nearly natural state and home to hundreds of plant and animal species. Notably, 1000 butterfly species of which a hundred are extremely rare.
Aava Lines operate a small ferry from the Helsinki market square to Vallisaari every hour, during the summer season. The ferry runs on Neste MY Renewable Diesel made 100% from waste and residue. Tickets to Vallisaari and back are included in the price of the accommodation.
Address: Vallisaari island, Helsinki, FinlandView larger map