Honkarakenne to present a fully accessible home at Tuusula Housing Fair 2020
PRESS RELEASE 4 April 2019 at 9.00
Honkarakenne will construct a fully accessible home for Mikael Turtiainen, who suffers from severe disability due to his injury in a tram accident in 2008. Honkarakenne will also build a home on the same lot for Mikael’s personal assistant Sanni and her spouse. The homes will be presented to the public at Tuusula Housing Fair 2020, and their progress can be followed in the blog VillaMikaelVillaSanni.com.
Design of the homes and outdoor areas takes into account the shared lives of the two households and offers views of the surrounding nature and easy access between the home, rehabilitation studio and sauna facilities. The goal is to construct an environmentally friendly and healthy home that lends itself to communal living and takes into account accessibility, aesthetics and smart solutions that assist in daily tasks. General and architectural design are provided by Arkkitehdit Mustonen Oy, and outdoor design by Arkkitehdit Mustonen Oy and Mikael Turtiainen.
In Villa Mikael, all interior and outdoor spaces are situated on a single floor without door sills or ramps. The home is equipped with several functions designed to simplify daily tasks, such as electric interior doors, remote-controlled window blinds and an automated, microchip-controlled dog door to allow free access outside. All technological solutions can be controlled by a single smartphone or tablet.
Similar design concepts are applied in Villa Sanni for a young family with a limited finances available for constructing their small and compact dream home.
The homes will be constructed by Honkarakenne using its new Honka Frame technology. Home construction based on timber frame technology is a new addition in the Honka portfolio, but the method has long roots in Central Europe and the US, for example. The homes’ load-bearing frames are constructed from pre-cut solid wood beams that are combined using traditional wooden joints. The sturdy and bearing Honka Frame allows for large glass windows and open spaces without partition walls. The homes use wood fibre insulation, and their interior design favours wooden materials.
The Tuusula homes will be heated by means of a water-air heat pump and solar power. Ventilation in the homes will be natural ventilation.
“Full accessibility seems to be a new concept in detached house construction. We wanted a home that is accessible, healthy and aesthetically beautiful and makes use of both traditional, tested methods and the latest technological innovations. We are delighted to have had Honkarakenne actively involved in the development process,” thanks Mikael’s father Petri Turtiainen.
Honkarakenne invests heavily in the construction of nursing homes, daycares and schools and has actively advanced healthier construction by means such as introducing the Terve Talo (‘healthy home’) concept, developed jointly with the Finnish Allergy, Skin and Asthma Federation and certified by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
“Accessibility is an increasingly significant factor in home design. We are happy to be involved in the project and for the opportunity to further our expertise in accessible construction. Everyone has the right to a good life, and we strive to ensure that people with disabilities and the elderly are able to enjoy life in the best possible homes,” says Markus Saarelainen, Project Sales Manager at Honkarakenne.