Nolla cabin is a prototype of a sustainable summer cottage, developed by Neste. The design of the Nolla cabin, envisioned by Robin Falck, is focused on minimizing CO2 emissions. Nolla is a part of Neste’s ongoing Journey to Zero concept that aims to bring the world closer to carbon-neutral living. It challenges and inspires visitors to live with a minimal footprint.
Renew & Relocate
The cabin functions entirely on renewable energy and excludes most modern commodities. The cabin itself is a compact and entirely mobile 10m 2 dwelling, that can be assembled, dissembled and transported without any heavy machinery. It demonstrates a low-impact daily life, that is based on self-sufficiency and renewable solutions – thus generating minimal to no emissions.
The cabin structures have been fastened together with screws, so it can be taken apart and put back together like a puzzle. The pedestals are adjustable, so that the cabin can adapt to different kinds of terrain. In essence, there are no special parts used in building it – a replica of any part can be made from scratch by anyone, all they need is timber.
The culture of repairing things is disappearing, and we’re quick to buy a replacement rather than fix what we already have – but that’s not a very sustainable way of living. I find modern-day helplessness and the inability to make things with our own hands slightly scary, so I wanted to make the cabin easily repairable and thus give it an infinite number of life cycles.
Vallisaari and Lidö - The home islands of the Nolla cabins
Vallisaari is one of the most diverse areas in the archipelago of Helsinki. Having been idle for a long time and dominated by butterflies, Vallisaari was opened to the public in 2016. Just a 15-minute boat ride away from the Market Square in Helsinki, the island offers an experience of an urban cottage in virtually pristine nature.
As part of Neste's Zero Island project, Lidö Island got its own Nolla cabin this summer. Lidö, located in the Stockholm archipelago, has undergone a change towards fossil neutrality last year. The grand opening of the island took place in mid-June, 2018.
Special cabin, special guests
In the summer of 2018, Nolla got its first visitors when artist SAARA and influencers Janita Autio, Joonas Linkola and Joonas Pesonen got to visit the cabin with zero traces. In 2019, new travel enthusiasts were invited to the cabin to experience a sustainable getaway in the middle of the most beautiful Finnish scenery. Nature photographer Konsta Punkka and YouTube vlogger Sita Salminen both spent a night at Nolla, and shared their experience on social media. In July 2019, Nolla got visitors from overseas, when NBA star Lauri Markkanen arrived to Vallisaari to unwind after a long basketball season.
Enjoy more with less
The cabin and its surroundings offer an excellent environment for a relaxing getaway from everyday life, where visitors have the chance to wind down and distance themselves from their daily routines and obligations.
Designer : Robin Falck