During the hut building course we build a big hut village. Every day we build a different hut in a group together. During the course we learn about ancient building traditions, different structures and joints and knots. We also get familiar with both using natural materials and coloring with them.
The courses are organized in a beautiful natural forest on a true reserve in Laajalahti, Espoo. We have arranged over 170 hut courses and over 4000 children have joined the courses. Hut building is taught by educated architects.
Age limit to Hut Building Courses: 7 years
Price: 5 days 220 € / 4 days 190 €. Please note that meals are not included in the price, one must bring one’s own packed lunch to the course.
Advanced Hut Building Courses
These courses are designed to those children who have participated in the hut building courses already. During advanced hut building courses we use the skills and knowledge learned before, design our own huts and build a hut village in groups.
Age limit: 9 years (Attendance to advanced camps requires previous studies at Arkki Hut Building Camp.)
Price: 5 days 230 € / 4 days 200 €. Please note that meals are not included in the price, one must bring one’s own packed lunch to the course.
During the family courses parents and their children build a hut village together. The family courses are usually on weekends.
Age limit: 4 years
Price: 2 people / 210 €, 3 people / 270 € and the following + 55 € / person. Please note that meals are not included in the price, one must bring one’s own packed lunch to the course.
Discount for siblings 10 €/child (this does not apply to family courses).
Please note that meals are not included in the price, one must bring one’s own packed lunch to the course.
A major activity in Arkki is the art of hut building. That is building architectural constructions in 1:1 scale. There is an archaic need in all of us to build huts and shelters. Learning by doing in a human scale is always exciting to children of all ages.
Hut building courses initiate the children to the building traditions of different nations and cultures. So far over 4000 children have participated in the courses.
Hut Building Traditions
Man has always constructed shelters against the elements with materials each environment offers. Before the development of agriculture and the construction of permanent shelters, life meant moving from one place to another, hunting and gathering, and later on, following and herding half wild or tame animals.The life style of the nomad required creative solutions for the building of dwellings i.e. huts. Due to the constant moving, the huts had to be easily assembled and disassembled, light to carry along or handy to construct all over again in a new resting spot. The construction materials had to be found in nature, fulfill the requirements of the climate and they had to be used according to the cultural traditions.
We can learn from the ancient, as well as the present day nomads the simple and practical construction methods that have been refined over thousands of years. In the hut building courses the children are introduced to the history of movable huts and natural materials as well as their uses. They also learn different structural systems, joining methods and knots, as well as dyeing with natural colors.
On these courses the children have been introduced to, among other things, the yurta that the Mongols use for dwelling, teepees used by the North American Indians, the tent used by the nomadic Bedouins of the Sahara desert, Mesopotamian reef hut, the Finnish “kota” hut etc.
The Finnish architectural tradition
For those who have participated in the hut building course, Arkki offers advances courses, which introduce the building traditions of our own country. On these courses children have learned to build a traditional wood shingled roof, a traditional Finnish thatch roof and to cook red ochre paints, for example.
Arkki wants to offer the opportunity for children and youth to go into the past of our own culture and to get familiar with the ancient building traditions by experiencing it with hands on work.