Polestar builds a new tree house with sustainable materials

Polestar, the Swedish manufacturer of sustainable cars, has created a modern wooden house called KOJA. With a mid-century flare and made entirely from sustainable materials, this is a cool experiment in designing a micro-living space.

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KOJA at a distance in the forest

The idea behind KOJA was to recreate 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 launch of the competition in 2022, Polestar decided to build the KOJA tree house.

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The front of the log cabin at Polestar with stairs leading up to the door

In addition, KOJA was built in the art and design center of Fiskars in south-west Finland. It will also be part of the exhibition “House by an Architect” during the Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale, open from May to September 2022. This wooden cabin is designed to reduce the amount of travel needed to get in contact with nature. In addition, it is the first entry from the Polestar Design Contest to be realized on a full scale.

Rounded windows in the KOJA wooden house from Polestar

“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.

Interior of the microroom's wooden house

In addition, KOJA is attached to a tree trunk just below the canopy. To maximize the panoramic view, the small house has a panoramic glass facade. There is also a growing trend in micro-spaces, where people who would otherwise take a much longer trip to experience the wilderness are trying to find a connection with nature closer to home.

A tree that goes through the modern micro-space

Meanwhile, the design is inspired by Polestar’s 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 new experiences.

Looking up through the room's ceiling windows

“Most designers look at design from a user perspective,” says Kristian Talvitie. “I also look at things from the perspective of the environment. There should be a symbiosis between the design and where it is encountered.”

We love this shift in thinking around sustainability and design. The KOJA tree house was, among other things, made of locally produced wood and wool. It tries to blend in with the natural environment while creating an eye-catching contrast and beautiful design.

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