A private house inspired by the Mobius strip

Kuressaare, Estonia
Client: Private
Commission: 2004
Completed: 2007
Size: 250 m2

The architectural form of the house, which is located in a suburb in Kuressaare just a few hundred metres from the sea, is inspired by ribbon folding – a simple technique, which creates opportunities for manipulating the space. By adding the spatial programme received from the client, the folding is transformed from playing with form into a coherent technique. The interior of the house with its angular surfaces is open and fluid.  

The house has two storeys. The open living spaces – living room, kitchen and staircase hall – are located on the ground floor. Necessary auxiliary rooms surround the living spaces. A sauna, which is connected to the living room, forms a separate area. By opening the sliding doors, the sauna, living room, joint terrace and garden create a great space for leisure time. A calm and quiet bedroom area is located on the first floor. The house has rooftop terraces and part of the roof is covered with greenery offering spectacular views of the sea and the beach area with its junipers.

The house has been built from monolithic concrete. The concrete strip, which has been folded in a zigzag, forms a shape that was inspired by the Mobius strip; glass and wood fill the empty spaces between the strip.