If you’re ever in Paris and tired of Parisians, the Finnish Cultural Institute has you covered. They’ve built a series of cottages in Paris where visitors can experience what it’s like to stay in a typical Finnish home, isolated from the hectic traffic of Champs-Élysées and those darn loud Paris Saint-Germain fans.
KOTI – which means “home” in Finnish – is part of the Mobile Home 2017 project, an initiative by the Finnish cultural institutes from Paris, the Benelux countries, Berlin and London. Their intention is to explore the concept of “home” and its different meanings through architecture, science, and art.
The installation is financed by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and is part of the flurry of activities programmed to celebrate of the centenary of Finland’s independence this year.
There are 6 cottages available for single guests, couples and families. All are part of the installation, and are open to the general public during the day, but you can book your own for around a hundred bucks a night for the smallest ones, or around US$300 for the larger cottages.
From the official website, “Be our guest at KOTI and escape the hectic pace of modern life. Savour the luxury of simplicity, the importance of home and the value of sharing unforgettable new experiences.
Sleep in your very own cottage and indulge yourself with tranquility and communal hospitality right in the heart of Paris.”
A Finnish native host will be present every day of your stay at KOTI, assisting visitors and ensuring guests the most pleasant stay.
The installation is located inside the premises of L’Institut Finlandais, at 33 rue du Sommerard in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. The neighbourhood is a calm and stylish one, with metro stations very close by.