How would you describe Majamaja Helsinki in a nutshell?
It is a continuously evolving baby or a bijoux that gets its finest sharps smoothened one step at a time. In other words, it’s a carefully designed off-grid cabin that stands in front of an open sea on a hidden rocky shore, easily accessible by a bicycle ride from the center of Helsinki.
What is the story behind Majamaja Helsinki, what was your inspiration to create it?
Majamaja has been a collective journey by a family of creators. The concept was initiated by Pekka Littow, who’s a Finnish architect who works and lives between Helsinki and Paris. He’s specialised in imaginative and human-scale architecture and often states the original inspiration of Majamaja was the harmony between raw nature and small-scale human settlement. Along the way, we’ve gathered a group of designers, engineers, and local woodworkers and entrepreneurs to bring it to life as we see it today to the pilot stage in Helsinki.
To you personally, what is so special about Majamaja Helsinki?
I personally feel strongly connected to the archipelago as I spent all my summers growing up on an island nearby Helsinki. That feeling when your bare feet touch the solid archipelago stone that dates from the ice age is really special – you are surrounded by beautiful nature, wildlife and you have easy access to simple activities like swimming, fishing and wooden boat sailing. I would like to see more people experiencing it, because I feel it is an incredible well-being experience in its simplest form.
And this basically is the life what Majamaja has to offer, in a nicely designed ecohouse setting that is very easily accessible. In addition, it is an experimentation for a future mode of living and home with a minimalistic setting but with basic necessities.