The Majamaja has been welcoming guests since 2021. There are now four holiday homes that are located in the archipelago in the immediate vicinity of Finland's trendy capital Helsinki and are at the same time in the middle of nature.
The beautiful coastal scenery offers seabirds, waves and wind - otherwise there is almost nothing here. And the minimalist style of the cabins offers accommodation that is comfortable, natural and sophisticated in equal measure.
Each cabin has a small kitchen equipped with a fridge, gas stove and utensils such as pots, pans, cutlery, coffee pot and cutting boards. If required, there are breakfast baskets or other Finnish specialties.
The interiors follow a Scandinavian minimalist tradition, with most materials and items being from local artisans. The interior design is the same in each house, with different interior colors and graphic patterns. The focus is always on the undisturbed view of nature.
The aim of the project is to develop a new eco-house model that works autonomously and completely independently of the grid. The pilot project invites guests to discover the concept and share experiences. In addition to the four holiday homes, a sauna house is also being built. The small village is growing steadily and there are many more ideas. In short, this is where wilderness meets clean design, green technology and Zen-style relaxation.
ArchitectureThe Majamaja concept is driven by the need to radically rethink construction and minimize the ecological footprint (when traveling). Majamaja's goal is to show how small-scale architecture combined with green technology can compensate for traditional grid-connected systems. The Majamaja offers residents the opportunity to get away from it all and have an educational eco-living experience that is still close to the vibrant city, says architect Pekka Littow. The houses are built entirely of wood.
FoodFood baskets are made from local ingredients, 60% of which are organic. The picnic baskets are designed for two people to minimize food waste.
EnvironmentThe house concept by Majamaja works autonomously and completely independently of the mains. The houses are powered by a combination of solar and wind energy. Cleaned rainwater and seawater are used in the house's water cycle. The toilet system is a dry toilet and all waste is composted on site and reused as soil fertiliser. Due to limited energy resources, there is no toaster, microwave or dishwasher in the kitchen.
Led by architect Pekka Littow, Majamaja is a minimalist’s nirvana, complete with a mezzanine bedroom, solar energy kitchenette, bespoke foldable furniture, and closed-loop water system – reusing 98 litres out of every 100 and ensuring zero greywaters enters the sea. Every element optimises resources and space – including foldaway stools, beds and a geometric Japanese-style staircase. A morning on the terrace, in the company of nesting seabirds and passing fishermen, the case for the Majamaja lifestyle is quickly irrefutable.
Traditional Finnish fishing cottage meets patented off-grid technology at MajaMaja, which became an overnight phenomenon for its eco-retreat on the inner Helsinki archipelago... Ten minutes by boat from Helsinki harbour, Majamaja is the perfect summation of the city’s radical design history and forward-looking environmental spirit. “People don’t come for just another hotel experience,” says CEO Tuomas Autio. “In the morning, you can clear everything out and create this little zen space.”
It takes about 20 minutes by car from Helsinki to reach the Majamaja Cabin (11 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
There is a possibility to reach the cabins from Helsinki by public transport. From Helsinki Central Station there is a subway going east to "Herttoniemi" station. Change there to bus number 86 in the direction of Santahamina and get off at the "Hevossalmentie" stop. The bus stop is about 5 minutes from the cabin location.
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