KOTI – A cottage experience in the heart of Helsinki
KOTI (Finnish for home) is an immersive pop-up installation set inside the prestigious premises of the Tori Quarters. KOTI is available for 30 days only from the 16th of August till the 17th of September 2017. Savour the luxury of simplicity and the value of sharing new experiences. Sleep in your very own design cottage and indulge yourself with tranquility and communal hospitality right in the heart of Helsinki.
KOTI consists of six wooden cottages inspired by the aitta, a traditional Finnish guest cottage. Similiarities can also be drawn with Japanese ryokans (hostels with paper thin walls and minimalist aesthetic).
In this 9 m2 spruce timber cottage, a double bed and a hand-picked collection of Finnish design await the travelers. Take your shoes off, wrap yourself into a toasty dressing gown and make yourself at home. After a restful night, a Finnish breakfast is served every morning to our guests at the large communal table.
KOTI guests of a sociable disposition may enjoy the communal area.
An in-cabin entertainment package accessible via wifi includes short films, documentaries, animations and Finnish travel guides.
Facilities: double bed (120 cm), dressing gowns, towels, slippers, electric socket, lamp, hand mirror, headphones
Shared with other guests: common space with breakfast table, showers, toilets, sauna.
KOTI is a unique design and culture project conceived and curated by awarded designer Linda Bergroth for the Finnish Institute in Paris. It was originally set as a popup livable installation inside the Finnish institute in Paris for a 100 days in spring 2017.
KOTI is a part of Mobile Home 2017, a joint venture of four Finnish cultural institutes in Paris, Berlin, the Benelux and London. The project explores and interprets different meanings of home through experiences, architecture, art, science and sociology during the year of 2017, when independent Finland is celebrating its centenary.
Interaction with guests
Our hosts are present every day at KOTI to assist guests with check in, present the installation, accommodate requests and ensure a pleasant stay for all.
Guests will be served mainly in Finnish, English and French, but other languages may be possible.
Other things to note
KOTI is a living art installation celebrating the Finnish home. Cottages are available for guest use between 6 pm and 11 am. During the afternoon, from 1 pm to 6 pm, KOTI is open to the public as an art and design installation.
As in regular homes or ryokans, there is no sound isolation and KOTI guests should be considerate of others.
Guests must store their belongings in a guarded luggage room during the day. It is not possible to leave them inside the cottages, even for those staying more than one evening.
The sauna can be booked upon request between 8:15pm and 10pm each evening (45 minute turns). The showers in the same premises can be used outside the reserved turns as well as in the morning.
As Finnish people do in their own homes, KOTI guests should remove their shoes when entering KOTI.
Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
For more information see “House rules”.
Institut finlandais remains all the rights for possible changes.
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I am Linda Bergroth, designer and art director of the KOTI experience. Inspired by the simple pleasures of holiday stays in a Finnish countryside cottage, we hope to share the delights of an aitta with our guests inside the premises of Torikorttelit. Six cottages made out of spruce timber and furnished with hand-picked selection of Finnish design are stand inside the jugend halls located at Sofiankatu 4.
We invite guests from all over the world to experience the warmth, tranquility and communal hospitality of a shared Finnish sleepover in then heart of Helsinki.