Polestar, the Swedish maker of sustainable cars, has created a modern tree house called KOJA. With a mid-century flare and entirely made of sustainable materials, this is one cool experiment in designing a micro-living space.
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The idea behind KOJA was to reimagine sustainable travel. KOJA was designed by Finnish designer Kristian Talvitie, who also received an honorable mention in the 2021 Polestar Design Contest. In preparation for the 2022 contest launch, Polestar decided to build the KOJA tree house.
Further, KOJA was built in the art and design hub of Fiskars in southwest Finland. It will also be a part of the “House by an Architect” exhibition during the Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale open from May to September of 2022. This tree house is designed to reduce the amount of travel needed to connect with nature. In addition, it is the first submission from the Polestar Design Contest to be realized at full scale.
“We were fascinated by the idea and how it translates our brand values into a different environment. That was key for us, and we were so impressed that we decided to build it,” says Maximilian Missoni, Head of Design at Polestar.
Moreover, KOJA attaches to a tree trunk just below the canopy. To maximize panoramic views, the tiny house has a panoramic glazed facade. There is also a growing trend in micro spaces in which people who would otherwise take a much longer trip to experience the wilderness try to find a connection with nature closer to home.
Meanwhile, the design was inspired by Polestar design language — sleek, modern, a bit minimalist — and brings the company’s values of sustainability and great design to life. The house minimizes the use of materials and energy while maximizing novel experiences.
“Most designers look at design from a user perspective,” says Kristian Talvitie. “I also look at things from the environment’s perspective. There should be a symbiosis between the design and where it’s encountered.”
We love this shift in thinking around sustainability and design. The KOJA tree house was made from locally sourced wood and wool among other materials. It attempts to blend with the natural environment while creating an eye-catching contrast and beautiful design.
Images via Polestar