The 380-square-foot Kokoon is made of three modules stacked on top of each other.

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Kokoon

You can access each level via stairs. Pictured below is the first floor.

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Kokoon

The prototype features a dining area, bathroom, storage, workspace, kitchen, and a bedroom that can fit a twin size bed.

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Kokoon

Large skylights on every level let in natural light.

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Kokoon

18 students from 13 countries (ages ranging from early 20s to late 30s) contributed to the project. Their professors — Willem van Bolderen, Pekka Heikkinen, and Philip Tidwell — oversaw the design and construction process.

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Students who contributed to the Kokoon project: Alexander Rantanen Barstad, Akın Cakıroglu, Kristin Ekkerhaugen, Satoshi Iiyama, Nicklas Ivarsson, Stephanie Jazmines, Yuko Konse, Sini Koskinen, IgnacioTraver Lafuente, Toni Lahti, Tomoyo Nakamura, Taeho Noh, Léa Pfister, María Inés Quirarte, Käbi Noodapera Ramel, Ivan Segato, Tanja Vallaster, Eduardo Wiegand

They built the home's frame at their university's woodshop.

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The walls, floors, and roofs were assembled flat, and then lifted up by crane and drilled together to form each module.

 

The walls are made of laminated veneer lumber, a wood similar to plywood in which many layers of lumber are glued and processed together to form 2-inch-thick panels.

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The construction process took two months — but assembling it on-site took under 24 hours, including transportation.

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Kokoon

Since the modules were delivered by a truck that drove through downtown Helsinki, they couldn't measure higher than 9.8 feet each. The entire structure reaches 29.5 feet high.

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Each module was brought in by crane and placed on top of one other to create a zig-zag design. On the corners, the modules feature timber with steel connection plates so they could connect. The team later locked together the plates.

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Kokoon

The students hope the Kokoon can be a short-term solution to the ongoing housing shortage in Europe.

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"The initial prompt for this project was triggered by the recent influx of refugees in Europe, specifically in the Nordic countries," Jazmines says. "It brought to light the larger need for housing for those who have been temporarily displaced."

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The name, Kokoon, has a double meaning. In Finnish, “kokoon” means something assembled together. In English, it sounds like "cocoon," a protective surrounding.

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Kokoon