The life cycle of an estonian can typically be divided, by their moving
habits, into four parts. Not to say that it is universal, but it does
provide a framework to evaluate peoples changing requirements for their
The modern rural home is meant for year-long inhabitation for a family with children. The house demands space around itself and a family with a more "down-to-earth" mentality. The project attempts to question the perceived notion that changing context usually requires lowering the quality of life. The projects also tries to test if past sustainable dwelling typologies, like the barn house, can be adapted to modernity. The ancient barn house typology is reduced to the most basic and universal elements, such as north-south orientation, room placement, walk-through rooms and the kiln room.
A truely sustainable lifestyle, that relies on local substances, requires the house to be highly adaptable and responsive to changing needs. These requirements are usually unmet by the current marketed houses, which instead of adaptability offer disposability. If your life changes you have to sell the old house and find a new, more suitable one. But in the case of a producing family this is impossible. In this case barn houses were extended, ancillary buildings were added. Another way is to change the function of the available rooms, such as in the case of having more children. The layout of the modern rural dwelling uses the anfilade system, where most rooms are connected and accessible through each other. This layout is highly functional and effortlessly adaptable.
The house is to be constructed of wooden elements, combined with a compact form, the house is very energy efficient. The interior finishes are to be designed according to the clients wishes.