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The Snake House: Finland’s most radical co-housing schemes

06 June 2023

18:00 -20:00

Finland is known to be the happiest country in the world but why? Is this because of people's access to nature and regular sauna visits or does the country’s shared housing have something to do with it?

During LFA the award winning Finnish architect, Mona Schalin, and Eleanor Fawcett
from Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation engage with the concept of “shared space”. Drawing from one of Finland’s most famous co-housing schemes —The Snake House (Käärmetalo) designed by Yrjö Lindegren and fully renovated by Architects Kati Salonen and Mona Schalin in 2018—Eleanor and Mona interrogate what shared space actually is or should be, how it connects to private “unshared" space, and what types of activities it houses.

This presentation and discussion will be moderated by Professor of Architecture and Environment policy, Minna Sunikka-Blank (University of Cambridge) and Junior Research Fellow in Architecture and Architect, Sofia Singler (University of Cambridge).



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