Urho Kekkonen National Park in Eastern Lapland is the second most visited national park. The new Rautulampi huts represent contemporary design deriving from the traditional wilderness huts and the harsh weather conditions in the fells.
Cities and towns
UNESCO global geoparks
Trees / Forest
River / Ocean
New huts were needed when the old Rautulampi hut in the Urho Kekkonen National Park had burned down. The solution was to design a group of buildings to be made up of prefabricated wooden elements that were transportable on snowmobiles..
The group of new huts in Rautulampi consist of an open wilderness hut and a rental hut under one roof, both accommodating 8 hikers, a day hut and an auxiliary building for firewood and dry closets. The design of the huts has had a varied reception: some love the modern look while others find the evolution from traditional huts alienating. While the layout of the huts is rather conventional with just a few additions for better functionality, the materials and the architecture are very modern. Prefabricated CLT modules offered transportability and ease of installation in a remote off-road location. The roofs wrap around to form sides of the huts facing strong winds and snowfall. The functionality of the huts is enhanced with a drying room for equipment and an entryway that protects the indoors from the wind.
Urho Kekkonen National Park, near Ivalo, Municipality of Sodankylä, Region of Lapland in Northern Finland
Manu Humppi, architect
prefabricated CLT modules
Wilderness, fells, lakeside