Maidla Nature Resort - Thermory

Maidla Nature Resort

The Maidla Nature Resort is a small unique accommodation complex near Rapla, located on the grounds of the Maidla Manor complex. The main concept behind building this Nature Villa was to offer luxurious accommodation facilities in a beautiful place in the middle of nature, in the immediate vicinity of the historic Maidla Manor and its service buildings, for those who are looking for a slightly different experience than that of a traditional hotel room.

Architect

Mari Hunt, b210 Architects

Year

2020

Product

Thermory Benchmark thermo-ash decking D4, cladding C4J, wall panelling C7J and flooring F3

Color

Natural

Location

Estonia

A pearl amid forests and bogs

The location of the Villa has been chosen so as to allow solitude for guests and offer nature views that are as varied as possible. The road to the house is also full of variety – you will pass historic manor houses, walk along the stream and through the forest and brush to reach the house located on the very edge of the bog. The bog as a location lets you play around with ideas, but it also made the construction work more complicated. Thus, the house has been built on piles because the load-bearing layer of the soil lies at a depth of six or seven metres. As the river winding close to the bog floods the area every spring, the house is raised to a height of one metre and is accessed from a boardwalk, so you always arrive with dry feet.

The customers who commissioned this building have visited several unique tree house-type objects around the world and, as an initial task, they had a vision of a small luxurious accommodation facility that would fulfil the functions of a traditional hotel, i.e. they wanted a hotel room hidden among nature, capable of accommodating a vestibule, wardrobe, toilet, bed and everything else necessary.

Nowadays, building small houses gets a lot of attention all over the world, as their footprint is smaller and they are also comfortable for the user – it is easy to manage a small space. The objective for Maidla was to build as small a building as possible. This meant that every inch had a role to play and every small detail had to be thought through, starting with the width of the bed and the amount of space needed around it; the space needed to accommodate a small refrigerator typical for hotels, a suitcase and clothes; how to solve the service installations so they would be cleverly concealed, etc. In other words, we thought from inside to outside when designing this building.

In addition the comfort of the users of our future house, architect of the building Mari Hunt has also considered the suitability of the building for its surroundings, which has always been important to her. In the case of Nature Villa, the aim was to build a house without felling any trees. Thanks to its placement between growing trees, the building offers plentiful nature views and creates the impression of a space resting in the protective embrace of trees.

The house is not only a unique object but also a landmark-like lookout where it is possible to move on different levels. For this purpose it has a breakfast terrace on the lower level, another terrace by the entrance and a rooftop terrace which can be reached via steep steps that require a little effort to climb.

To be able to use the building as desired, it was necessary to choose a material that would look good and also be durable and pleasant to touch. Thus, the house is clad with durable thermally modified wooden cladding boards from Thermory, which are perfectly suited for houses exposed to rain, winds and falling leaves and preserve the intended look for a long time.

Thermory ash boards were selected for this – the architect liked its brownish shade, which was emphasised by treating the material with oil. Thermory was also perfectly suited due to the fact that, in addition to cladding the façade of the building with vertical boards, the same material was also requested for use horizontally on the terrace, without creating the feeling that the house has been simply covered with decking. The narrower boards that Hunt has used on her façades before create a dignified design solution. Using the same boards of the decking surface creates the impression of careful elaboration and attention to every last detail; the same boards have also been used on the steps and the small cubes placed on the steps.

Thermory wood has also been used in the interior – it covers the floor of the bedroom and all of the ceilings in the house. Using the same material for the ceilings and the façade ties the individual parts of the building together as a united whole, where the architecture and interior architecture are completely entwined.

Products used in this project

Blog posts related to this project

Thermory ash decking

The six elements of biophilic design

The purpose of biophilic design is to create spaces that deliver benefits for both human health and the environment by nurturing people’s innate affinity...

Thermory_decking_thermo_ash

Creative outdoor living ideas

Introduce comfort, style and practicality into your outdoor space so that you can enjoy more time in the fresh air during the coming warmer...

Thermory ash decking

Discover inspiring wooden decking ideas

Summer is just around the corner, and as we eagerly look out to see the evidence of rising temperatures, that can only mean one thing...

Thermory Benchmark thermo-pine mix and match cladding

Inspiring Exterior Wood Cladding Ideas

Natural wood can be used in many different ways. The beauty and versatility make wood unequalled building material. As both an interior and exterior design...

Thermory Benchmark thermo-pine mix and match cladding

Durability classes of wood

We have often mentioned in our articles that Thermory Ash belongs to durability class 1 and Thermory Pine is in durability class 2. But what exactly does...

Thermory_Benchmark_thermo-pine_decking_D45J 26x118_PaCS_private house_Tallinn Estonia_photo credit Allan Leppikson - Reval foto

Chemical-free wood surfaces in the home

Home is where the heart is – a place where the whole family can feel safe and warm. The building materials you choose should enhance this feeling and...

Thermory_decking_thermo_ash

Sustainable use of wood: thermally modified vs tropical wood

Wood is one of the most common building materials in the world and, with responsible forest management, it is the only renewable building material we have....

Thermory_Pine_ Decking_Profile D30_26x115_Surf Club_Estonia

Thermory in Exterior Design: Decking

The decking in your home bears witness to numerous magnificent and memorable moments. On warm days we sit on the deck and bask in the sunshine, at night we...

Thermal modification

Thermally modified wood – what is it?

How did the wooden Viking ships endure the corrosive effects of salt water? Nordic seafarers used to treat their wood with fire. Our contemporary...

Thermory Benchmark thermo-pine cladding

Thermory in Exterior Design: Cladding

Natural wood feels warm and inviting in both interior and exterior design. Especially in outdoor use, it is important to choose wood that is not only...

Thermory Pine cladding

How sustainable is wood?

With rising concerns about climate change, the world community’s responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint rests with each and every individual and...

Thermory_Pine_Decking; aged & unoiled_Norway_photo credit Moelven Wood Prosjekt

Color evolution of Thermory products

As a natural material, the color of wood alters over time – and there is no exception with Thermory’s thermally modified wood products, which gradually...

Thermory Benchmark thermo-ash decking

Installation systems for Thermory decking

You’ve selected the perfect decking for your outdoor space – now you just need to decide how best to secure it in its chosen location. There are two...

Thermory Benchmark thermo-ash decking

Decking pattern options

When considering how you’ll lay your new deck, there are many more options to decide between than simple vertical or horizontal alignment. In fact, with a...

Thermory Loo production

Discover four of our favorite thermally modified woods

If you’re considering which wood types to use for a renovation or construction project, there are several considerations that may influence your decision...

Thermory Benchmark thermo-ash decking

Celebrate spring in style with a well-maintained deck!

The warmth of springtime is fast approaching, and our thoughts are naturally turning towards spending more time outside. If you have a wooden terrace or...

Press & Click System powered by Grad now available with Alu Rail

PaCS (Press and Click System) product ranges combine high-quality Thermory thermowood with the unique installation system by Grad. It is a popular hidden...

Viviv_by_Thermory_Translucent_Brown

How to keep your Thermory cladding looking great

To ensure that your Thermory cladding retains its natural warm and authentic character, it’s important to apply the correct maintenance techniques. The...

Thermory Benchmark thermo-pine mix and match cladding

Choosing the right timber cladding

Finding the best solution to clad buildings is important for several reasons – as well as defining the look and feel of your design, it also has a major...

Thermory Radiata Pine Cladding New Zealand

How does thermally modified wood perform in different climates?

No matter where you live when you’re choosing a decking or cladding material, you’ll have to be mindful of how that material will change over time...

Thermory Benchmark thermo-ash cladding D4 and D4sg2, developer Interfaca

HOME TOUR: modern country house in the Netherlands

The location of this particularly beautiful modern country house is unlikely. Hidden in the forest, you arrive at a clearing with endless views over the...

Thermory Benchmark thermo-ash decking and cladding, Maidla Nature Resort in Estonia

Wood in Architecture: Trends for 2022

In 2022, the global megatrend of sustainable architecture and building practices will continue. Architecture trends influence the choice of materials both...