In 2018, oil-refining company Neste approached Finnish designer Robin Falck to see his angle for its Journey to Zero campaign, a project exploring ways to create a fossil-fuel-free future. It originally wanted to showcase his existing cabin, Nido, seeing it as a demonstration of how to live with the smallest carbon footprint possible.
Instead, Falck suggested that they start from scratch—to make sustainability the foundation of the build—and Nolla was born. At just 97 square feet, the cabin debuted in the summer of 2018 on Vallisaari, one of the most ecologically diverse islands off Helsinki, Finland.
“A majority of Finns spend most weekends and summer holidays at their summer cottages,” Falck said in an e-mail. “Nolla is a way to communicate a sustainable option to spending time at a cabin.”