Press Release Honkarakenne Ltd. June 1, 2022
Jyväskylä has got a new landmark made from local tree trunks – the sustainably built sauna restaurant, situated by a lake and close to the city center, represents interesting new architecture
“In the future, Jyväskylä will be defined by Sataman Viilu. We wanted the lakeside building to have a unique and impressive shape, and I think the young architects succeeded by creating something new and original,” he says Antti Määttä, Chairman and CEO of Osuuskauppa Keskimaa. The sauna restaurant, built in log construction, will be open to the public on Thursday, June 2nd.
Sataman Viilu was designed by Marko Simsio and John Koskela by KOAN Architecture. All log buildings are designed, supplied and built by Honkarakenne. Commissioned by Osuuskauppa Keskimaa, Sataman Viilu houses a restaurant, three public saunas and adaptable event and conference facilities.
Taking responsibility for the local environment, entrepreneurship and well-being
“Both we and Honkarakenne are excited to be doing something unique and meaningful here,” says Antti Määttä from Osuuskauppa Keskimaa. “Honka is not only one of the most experienced Finnish timber construction companies, but also an operator based in central Finland, which makes it a natural partner for us.”
The trees grew in certified Finnish forests and the logs were transported to Jyväskylä from the Honkarakenne factory in Karstula, less than 100 kilometers from the site. Due to Honka’s involvement, the project was carried out by local operators such as Jyväskylä-based construction company Rakennusliike Alonen Oy as prime contractor. The Viilu has been awarded the Green Key eco-label and the restaurant uses ingredients from local producers.
The budget for the project was over 5.5 million euros. “Viilu is proof that such stylish and diverse buildings can be built on a tight budget,” he says Marco Saarelainen, CEO of Honkarakenne. “This shows the future direction of sustainable construction. A sustainable and healthy log home acts as a carbon store. The material significantly reduces the climate impact during construction and use. I believe that this is also important for the residents and customers of Viilu,” Saarelainen continues.
Honka was also involved in the construction of the Kuopion Saana holiday resort, which opened in 2019, as well as the unique Café Birgitta in Hernesaari, Helsinki.
Viilu can be seen from afar
The varied architecture of the building looks different from different directions. The striking roof forms a peak pointing towards the lake. “Externally, the building is characterized by the dark and sculptural facade that protects the warm-colored interior and the terrace,” describes architect Marko Simsiö. The architects designed Viilu with sheltered areas on the sauna terrace and at the seaside resort. They also paid special attention to ensure that the interior offers the best view of the lake and that the building blends into the surrounding landscape.
“On the lake-side walls and the outer walls at the front, the tree trunks were left in their natural color as a homage to traditional Finnish log construction and sauna culture. In the Sataman Viilu, traditional and environmentally friendly wood meets modern design and functionality. We think the building looks great and more or less corresponds to what we sketched in the original architectural concept,” Simsiö continues.
Simsiö has also designed the modern Japanese-inspired log home Honka Haiku, Honkarakenne’s location at this year’s Housing Fair in Naantali, Finland.
Photos by Sataman Viilu
Headline and link of Osuuskauppa Keskimaa press release: Opening of sauna restaurant Sataman Viilu at Jyväskylä harbour
Honka Haiku at Naantali Housing Fair 2022: www.honka.fi/haiku