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The cabin that wasn’t there

Built on an island right off the Finnish capital Helsinki, the Nolla cabin represents an ecological alternative to cabin life
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
Nolla: the cabin that wasn't there

This summer, living with minimal emissions will be put to the test. Neste is building a prototype of a cabin that has a minimal environmental impact in terms of both carbon dioxide emissions and concrete impact on Nature.

The Nolla (= zero) cabin, designed by Finnish designer Robin Falck, is located just outside Helsinki city centre, on the Vallisaari island. The cabin has been built from sustainable materials and is designed for a simple lifestyle with minimal to no emissions, taking into account the surrounding nature in every respect.

Sustainable cabin living

Located on the idyllic island of Vallisaari in the Helsinki archipelago, the Nolla cabin encourages people to consider how modern solutions and innovations could enable sustainable cabin living.

Vallisaari has been in a natural state for decades and is a great location for an urban cabin experience, located at a 20-minute boat ride away from the Helsinki market square.

The ecological and mobile Nolla cabin will be in Vallisaari until the end of September, demonstrating a lifestyle that generates minimal to no emissions.

A mobile cabin

Placing the compact and mobile cabin on its private lot does not require a construction permit and it has been designed to use building materials as effectively as possible.

The cabin is the size of a small bedroom and can be assembled and transported without heavy machinery, leaving its environment nearly untouched.

The Nolla cabin has been designed by Finnish designer Robin Falck, whose earlier design, Nido cabin, has been globally acknowledged.

Designed for an eco lifestyle

The energy supply of the cabin is entirely renewable; electricity is generated by solar panels, and the Wallas stove, reserved for cooking and heating, runs entirely on Neste MY Renewable Diesel, made 100% from waste and residue.

The Aava Lines raft operating between Helsinki city centre and Vallisaari will also run on Neste MY Renewable diesel that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%.

‘With the Nolla cabin, we want to offer visitors the possibility to experience modern cabin life in the realm of Nature, with minimal emissions’, said designer Robin Falck. ‘An ecological lifestyle does not only require giving up unsustainable commodities, but also discovering modern, sustainable solutions that can be used instead. This has been an essential part of the design process.’

Nolla’s first visitors

First to visit the cabin, on 18-19 August, are artist and multi-talent Sara Forsberg, also known as SAARA, YouTube personality Joonas Pesonen, and photographers Joonas Linkola and Janita Autio.

During the weekend, they will explore the different aspects of living with minimal emissions. SAARA will also spend the night in the cabin. Their journey will be guided by Finnish zero waste influencer Otso Sillanaukee, who has written a guide on sustainable everyday living.

To give an even wider audience the chance to experience cabin life with minimal emissions, the Nolla cabin has been listed for two-night bookings on Airbnb, from 03 to 30 September 2018. The cabin offers accommodation for two in the middle of the peaceful Nature of the Helsinki archipelago.

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