Kokoon is a modular living unit built to address the current housing situation in Finland. Today there is an acute shortage of temporary accommodations for asylum seekers, students and residents displaced by building renovations. The pre-fabricated Kokoon modules are designed as a short term living solution (up to one year) that can be easily transported and stacked into various configurations in order to fit numerous sites in urban and sub-urban contexts.

Three prototype units were finished in Otaniemi in spring 2016 then transported and assembled in one day at the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum. The units are open to visitors during the summer of 2016 and will then be used in various locations around Finland.

Project data

Project completed in July 2016

Architectural Design and Construction: ​Alexander Barstad, Kristin Ekkerhaugen, Satoshi Iiyama, Nicklas Ivarsson, Stephanie Jazmines, Yuko Konse, Tomoyo Nakamura, Taeho Noh, Käbi Noodapera Ramel, Maria León, Léa​​ Pfister, ​Ivan Segato, ​​Ignacio Traver Lafuente, ​​Tanja Vallaster, ​​Eduardo Wiegand Cruz, ​​Sini Koskinen, Toni​ ​​Lahti and ​Akin Cakiroglu

Instructors: Pekka Heikkinen, Philip Tidwell and Willem van Bolderen

Structural Design: Antti Haikala (Insinööritoimisto Pentinmikko Oy)

Implementation: Abloy (Locks), Airam (LED Lighting), Coolcenter Forssa (Waterless Toilet), Costella Oy (Hot Water Heater), Ebeco (Floor Heating), Ekovilla (Cellulose Fiber Insulation), Eltete (Sealing Tapes and Papers), Espoon Autosuojaus (Bathroom Linings), Eurokangas (Interior Textiles), Iittala (Dishes), Keski-Uudenmaan Katto (Bitumen Roofing), Kiilto (Construction Adhesives), Kirkkonummen Sähkö (Electrical Wiring), Kivijärvi (Glazing and Flashing), K-Rauta (Various Building Materials and Supplies), Lektar (Construction Tarps), Marimekko (Bed Linens), Mäntylä (Transportation), MetsäWood (Frames and Claddings), Nikari (Furniture), Oras (Taps and Faucets), Ovitehdas Vihanto (Exterior Doors), Pohjanväre (Crane Service), Profin (Windows), Puulattia (Floor Boards), Sadex (Fire Escape Ladders), Spinea (Sliding Door Hardware), Stala (Kitchen Sinks), Temal (Bathroom Sinks and Mirrors), Tikkurila (Paints), Tiivistalo (Sealing solutions), Tuulileijona (Wind Barrier Boards), Veikon Kone (Refrigerator and Stovetop) and Würth (Fasteners)

Used materials

  • Frame and Fixed Furnishings – Kerto (LVL) panels
  • Cladding – Sawn Spruce with Oil Based Paint
  • Insulation – Cellulose Fiber