Villa Sjöviken, Kemiö island

Villa Sjöviken is a one – family house on the Kemiö island in Southern Finland. The steep site inspired to design a building on several levels adjusted to the fragile archipelago nature. The site is approached through the forest and the sea view is experienced only after entering the house. The heart of the house is the see – through fireplace, surrounded by an open kitchen, dining and living area. From the core of the building there are views to four directions. The bedroom, bath and study rooms are located more privately in their own wings, with their own framed views and soundscapes. The building has only one “ floor ” with over four meters from the lowest floor level to the highest. This creates a strong bodily experience when moving through the spaces. The wooden building has been crafted to sit in the topography with the façade cladding adjusted to follow the rock surface. The interior has a limited, calm material palette and views to the surrounding nature in the main focus.


Jenni Reuter

Main contractor for wood construction
Sunhouse and Roland Malmberg


Year of completion

Kemiö island, Finland

Total area
192 m2

Marc Goodwin, Juha Ilonen, Jenni Reuter

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