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Northern Lights Circlets by Ferial Gharegozlou, Reihan Rahimi Ajdadi

Project name:
Northern Lights Circlets
Architecture firm:
Ferial Gharegozlou, Reihan Rahimi Ajdadi
Lapland, Finland
Tools used:
Midjourney AI, Adobe Photoshop
Principal architect:
Ferial Gharegozlou, Reihan Rahimi Ajdadi
Design team:
Ferial Gharegozlou, Reihan Rahimi Ajdadi
Built area:
50,000 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Niyaresh Studio Design
Ferial Gharegozlou, Reihan Rahimi Ajdadi
Concept - Design
Residential › Cabins Hotel

Ferial Gharegozlou & Reihan Rahimi Ajdadi:  Celestial Circles: Embracing Nature's Symphony in Snow-Covered Cabins


In the heart of the ethereal snow-kissed landscape in Lapland, Finland, where the mystic dance of the aurora borealis paints the night sky, the circular cabins stand as celestial beacons, harmoniously merging with the natural spectacle. Inspired by the encompassing circularity of the aurora's celestial ballet, these cabins weave a narrative of unity, where architecture and art converge to create an immersive experience that resonates with the primal rhythms of nature.

Drawing inspiration from the circular motifs inherent in the celestial dance above, this architectural concept serves as a testament to the seamless integration of human design with the natural wonders of the Arctic. By immersing visitors in an otherworldly experience that evokes a sense of unity with the cosmos, these circular cabins create a haven where tranquility and wonder converge.

Architectural Concept:

Drawing from the notion of cosmic harmony, the circular architecture of the cabins is a homage to the continuum of the universe, where every curve and every space reflects the seamless flow of time and energy. The cabins' design embodies the seamless integration of the surrounding environment, embracing the organic lines of the snow-laden landscape and mirroring the undulating patterns of the dancing lights above. Circular floor plans not only maximize panoramic views but also create a sense of continuity and interconnectedness with the snowscape and the celestial theatre above.

Structural Elegance:

Employing sustainable and natural materials, the cabins' exteriors blend seamlessly with the snowy panorama, evoking a sense of belonging within the pristine surroundings. The use of timber, stone, and glass contributes to the cabins' sustainable and earthy aesthetic, ensuring a minimal ecological footprint while providing a warm and inviting ambiance. The incorporation of eco-friendly construction techniques and locally sourced materials ensures a minimal impact on the delicate Arctic ecosystem while fostering an ambiance of sustainable luxury.

Aurora-Inspired Interior Design:

Within the circular confines, the interior design embodies the enchanting hues of the aurora. Soft, ethereal lighting mimics the colors of the celestial phenomenon, casting gentle glows that illuminate the circular spaces with a celestial aura. Organic textures, such as plush furs and textured fabrics, create a tactile connection with the wintry landscape, further enhancing the sense of immersion and comfort.

Fusion of Functionality and Aesthetics:

Every element within the cabins is meticulously crafted to serve both functional and aesthetic purposes. The circular living areas, adorned with comfortable, curved seating, revolve around a central hearth, becoming the beating heart of the living space. The kitchen and dining areas, adorned with circular motifs, evoke a sense of communal warmth and conviviality, allowing guests to gather and share in the communal spirit of the cabins. Circular skylights and strategically placed windows not only offer unparalleled views of the aurora but also infuse the interior spaces with natural light, creating an ever-changing interplay of light and shadow.

Seamless Indoor-Outdoor Connectivity:

Blurring the boundaries between the interior and the exterior, the circular cabins offer seamless transitions to the snow-covered outdoors. Wraparound decks and circular viewing platforms invite guests to immerse themselves in the panoramic beauty of the snow-laden landscape and the mesmerizing spectacle of the aurora. Outdoor amenities, such as circular fire pits and heated seating areas, provide opportunities for communal gatherings and stargazing, allowing guests to forge unforgettable connections with the natural wonders that surround them.

Emphasizing a symbiotic relationship with the surrounding environment, the circular cabins blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living. Expansive windows and strategically positioned skylights invite the natural light to dance within the circular confines, creating a dynamic interplay of shadows and illumination. Outdoor circular decks and viewing platforms, equipped with cozy seating and warming elements, offer guests an immersive experience, allowing them to revel in the serenity of the snow-laden landscape and the mesmerizing aurora display.

By Liliana Alvarez

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