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A Design Hotel on the Arctic Circle

The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel in Rovaniemi, in the capital of the Finnish Lapland, provides an unique blend of luxury comfort in the heart of the Arctic nature, local Lappish traditions and modern Scandinavian design.

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Martyn Bullard is one of the top names in interior design: “modern does not have to mean restrained”

If you want to keep abreast of the brightest ideas in interior design right now, Martyn Lawrence Bullard is definitely someone you should know about. According to Elle Decor, amongst other influential voices, Bullard is one of the world’s top 25 interior designers. A leading authority in the field, the Architectural Digest, ranks him even more highly. He has also made a name for himself as a television personality in the United States with the popular interior design programmes Million Dollar Decorators and Hollywood Me.

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The Pikku-Paavali Day Care Center

A small city of 8,000 residents in Northern Finland is a trendsetter for innovative log building. Pudasjärvi City grew tired of indoor air problems affecting the city's facilities and invested into log building. In a decade, the world's largest log school, a day care center and a dozen other large public log buildings have been constructed in Pudasjärvi.

Wellbeing

Laajaranta — A Healthy Modern Wooden House

Kalevi Laajisto and Liisa Halttunen-Laajisto wanted to build a modern wood house with a timeless design. "We wanted a home with healthy indoor air to help with allergy and asthma symptoms,” Liisa says.

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Pudasjärvi builds with log

The city of Pudasjärvi grew tired of indoor air problems affecting the city's facilities and invested into log building. In a decade, the world's largest log school and a dozen other large public log buildings have been constructed. The town of over 8,000 residents has become a trendsetter for log building.

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Copperhill Villa – A Luxurious Ski Resort

The Arctic log of Kontio was selected as building material for a luxury villa in Åreskut, Sweden. Log’s wellbeing-enhancing qualities and calming effects on the body and mind are an important part of the villa, and it offers the international stars a perfect place to rest and spend relaxed leisure time in.

Wellbeing

The excellent indoor air of a healthy wooden house helps with asthma and allergies

Inkeri and Seppo Rajaniemi wanted to build a Kontio wood house because Seppo has asthma. He works in the construction industry and already knew about the good interior air quality that massive wooden log houses made from Arctic Pine wood have.

Design

Kivilahti — A Chic Scandinavian Log House

In the Kivistö area of Vantaa, South Finland, stands a brilliant dark log house, whose interior was inspired by the luxurious Copperhill villa in the Åreskuta mountain.

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Kontio SmartLog™ takes its first bold steps in ­­­Belgium

In a world of brick and gloomy concrete buildings, it’s time for some fresh air. Kontio’s SmartLog™ building material was presented at the Batibouw construction, renovation and home development fair in Brussels, Belgium from 23 February to 3 March 2019.

Living Ideals

A childhood dream of living in a beautiful log house comes true

Vincent, Celine and their two little daughters live in a contemporary Kontio SmartLog™ house in Valais, Switzerland. They dreamed of a log house in beautiful surroundings.

Architecture

Laura and Antti: “Feels like we’ve come home”

Laura and Antti Pöyskö have a peaceful feeling. The Pöyskö family have just moved in to their recently finished log home located by the sea in Oulu, in northern Finland. "This turned out to be even better than we dreamed of!" Antti says. Antti’s wife Laura nods in agreement.

Living Ideals

Much more than a home – a change in lifestyle with Kontio

Martine and Yves Scellos and their children live in the French Pyrenees. They longed for a home that was out of the ordinary, and so they turned to Kontio. Kontio’s turnkey project has provided the family with a beautiful, healthy home in splendid surroundings.

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Connecting nature, people and style – Kontio is part of Helsinki Fashion Week 2019

Helsinki Fashion Week brings together international and Finnish designers and other experts from various fields to help bring about a better future. This year, the event will present new material innovations and a sustainable city of the future in the centre of Helsinki. Kontio, the world’s largest and leading log home manufacturer, is collaborating with Helsinki Fashion Week to realise this vision. Kontio is a pioneer in ethically and ecologically sustainable housing and innovative Finnish design.

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A wooden golf center and tourist resort in Japan

In Japan log houses are particularly popular because of their safety and structural resistance to earthquakes. Nidom Golf Center is located in Hokkaido, a location with challenging climatic conditions.

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Modern timber walls prevent energy loss and help ensure healthy indoor air humidity

Today’s log houses are not only very elegant, but also energy-efficient. Kontio’s laminated logs and non-settling SmartLog™ logs have excellent breathability.

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Kontio Econatur™ – more character

The inspiration for Econatur™ is the global trend of using rough wood. Kontio Econatur ™ was born from our idea of ​​emphasizing the naturalness of wood. The exceptionally strong patterns create opportunities for new types of interior design and generate new ideas in architecture as well. The strong Northern tree can authentically and courageously be what it is.

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A Finnish Log House in a Slovak Style

This house in Dom Lomnica, Tatra Slovakia, was a long term dream. Now, after working together with architect Lydia Janikova, the owner’s vision is a reality, down to the very last detail. The house is situated in the village Veľká Lomnica, between the cities of Kezmarok and Poprad, in the picturesque surroundings of Tatra Mountains. “Previously, we were living in a city flat together with my family. We suddenly feel a great freedom and relief thanks to the spaciousness and uniqueness of this building.”

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Sunset Peak – Custom Designed Log Ski Lodges

Åre Sunset Peak offers a unique lifestyle in Scandinavia’s largest skiing centre. The seven ski lodges are located in the high mountains and the architects specifically designed them for this location.

Architecture

Building your dream in Switzerland

Living in the Valais region in Switzerland means living in a well-preserved environment, surrounded by high mountain tops, close to mountain lakes, and enjoying clean air throughout the year.

Design

Aurinkometsä – The Trendsetter

Early 2010 the Kontio Aurinkometsä (a forest of sun) was the first candidly modern log house. The house gave direction to the whole log building industry and it has been vastly admired. It elevated modern log architecture to a whole new level. At first the bare exterior caused confusion. Can a log house really appear so different to what it has traditionally been? Now the Aurinkometsä style of architecture feels quite ordinary.

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An early modern log house á la Moscow

The Kontio log house in Moscow is located along one of the world's most legendary highways, a place well-known for its luxury housing, the Rublyovskoe.

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The warmth of log is unique

Vanessa, an interior decorator, and her carpenter husband love wood. For their forested land in the Belgian Ardennes, they opted for a 350 m2 wooden home of Kontio’s log. Two years later, the couple are more convinced than ever of the virtues of building with solid wood.

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Kontio Högsåra – a wooden holiday house in magical Turkey

Just a two-hour drive from Istanbul, you will find a magical place surrounded by majestic mountains and pristine forest where water sparkles in springs. This is where Vedat Bayrak built his family the retreat of his dreams.

Living Ideals

Kontio Högsåra – a relaxing and modern Scandinavian log cabin

The Kontio Högsåra log cabin is built on a picturesque island in the archipelago in the Baltic Sea, and it is surrounded by great sailing and fishing waters.

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Kontio Toive – The Wish

Kontio Toive (the wish), a first shared home of two adults, fulfills all hopes and dreams in a naturally beautiful location at the Mikkeli housing fair in southern-Finland.

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A log house country village on the shores of Lake Istra

Families who like to spend time together dreamed of having a holiday village of their own. Their dream came true when Kontio constructed the village for them on the shores of Lake Istra.

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BearPeak – Wonderful Wooden Ski Chalets

In BearPeak Village the buildings have been designed with passion and skill, and the interiors and the exteriors work in harmony with each other, and with the surrounding landscape. The overall design took inspiration from romantic American log houses and combined it with a touch of Scandinavian style.

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Kontio Kaluga is a truly luxurious log house

"My home is my castle" as the saying goes, and it could literally refer to Kontio Kaluga.

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Kontio Headquarters – A Massive Wooden Office Building

The spacious cafeteria, meeting rooms, and working spaces create an inspiring setting in which the most magnificent log buildings in the world are designed.

Living Ideals

World-Class Finnish Log Houses

Imagine an authentic timber house, built with sturdy logs and with visible timber on the inside, just like in the log cabins of old. But there’s something more: a spectacular design carrying the prestigious Design from Finland label. Glass House 80 is a show house created by Kontio, the world’s leading log house manufacturer, and is on show at the Nybygget home exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden.

Living Ideals

Kontio homes create a feeling of comfort and reassuring warmth

Yoann Gerboud, an architect and agency manager of G. Architecture, city of Belley in France shares his opinion of Kontio and Kontio’s log houses.

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Helsinki Fashion Week and Kontio Collaboration

Have you ever come home from a day in the countryside and felt... better? Mood altered, anxiety soothed, mind hushed? It seems obvious that getting out of the ceaseless grind of the city every once in a while might be good for your mental health and general wellbeing.

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Villa Sommarstrand – An Inspired Scandinavian Wooden House

Villa Sommarstrand in Southern Finland is a modern Scandinavian wood home built by Heidi and Esa Schroderus. Sommarstrand is the couple’s second Kontio log house, the first one being the classic Kontio Kruunuhaka log house model.

Environment

Worried about climate change? Choose a log house!

Kontio log buildings have a modest carbon footprint. Did you know that timber walls are a great way to keep carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere?

Wellbeing

A contemporary house, but not of concrete

Kristof and Yaelle are a neurosurgeon couple who wanted to build a contemporary and healthy house in Valais, Switzerland. They chose Kontio Log House as the manufacturer because of Kontio's unsettling SmartLog™.

Living Ideals

A contemporary wood house in Épinal

Contemporary Kontio houses have simple, clean lines with large windows devoid of large decorative trim. These contemporary style homes usually have nearly flat, gabled or shed/mono-pitched roofs, asymmetrical shapes, and open floor plans echoing the architect-designed homes of the 1960s, and early '70s.

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Knock on Wood

Timber isn't exactly a novel construction material, but today's designer are falling in love with it anew thanks to its sustainably managed, fire-retardant and carbon-capturing properties. Could it be the answer to some of the world's environmental problems?

Living Ideals

The Norwegian Dream of the Mountain Cabin

Turid and Øivind wanted to build a log cabin in the Norwegian mountains. Turid is an architect and already had the drawings for a cabin ready before she got in touch with Kontio.

Environment

Wood rules!

Log houses are a healthy and incredibly sustainable choice. A modern log house fits right in the cityscape.

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