Just a few miles from the Arctic Circle, tucked in the capital of Lapland, there's a village of 24 quaint cabins ready to keep guests warm and toasty. Located in Rovaniemi, the Glass Resort is a new twist on the glass cabins that have become popular with travelers looking to immerse themselves in the landscape while staying dry and cozy.
VOID Architecture worked together with Finnish house manufacturer Honkatalot to create the 430-square-foot (40-square-meter) apartments, paying close attention to the needs of guests. By modifying the traditional igloo archetype, they've maximized interior space while also featuring traditional Lappish construction. Each cabin includes a living area, small kitchen, bedroom loft with views of the landscape, as well as a private outdoor jacuzzi and sauna.
With the entire living and bedroom areas exposed to a glazed wall and ceiling, guests can immerse themselves in the Finnish forest. This contrasts with traditional timber construction used in the rest of the cabin, making the Glass Resort a marriage of different elements. The form of the cabins was inspired by the traditional kota huts of Lapland. These portable teepee style dwellings are used by the indigenous Sámi people, a nomadic group of reindeer herders.
“We chose to prioritize the creation of interior spaces that would be interesting in themselves, that could really let users be inspired by the nature outside while awakening, at the same time, pleasing feelings and offering a positive experience,” architect Paolo Caravello told Design Milk.
The Glass Resort is open from September to April. Each cabin can sleep up to 4 guests, with rates starting at around €450 ($520) per night.