UTÖ RETREAT

. The ever-accelerating pace of the world causes stress and results in an urge to take breaks from everyday life. Retreat is a place, where one can resile to the nature and hide from the everyday. Nature ofers a place to retreat from the hustle of the city and it gives an opportunity to recover from the stressful city life. It has been discovered that nature, as well as high-quality built environment, has the ability to promote health. Archipelago for me has always been a place to retreat and I explicate my experiences in the thesis. I divide my subjective experience of the archipelago to experiental elements. The elements are Journey, Boathouses, Humanity, Fire, Sea, Dock, Sauna, Sky, Rock and Safety In the second chapter of the literary study I contemplate on the diferences between the everyday environment and retreat architecture, the ways to create retreat architecture, the relationship between architecture and nature and the meaning of multisensory in architecture. The second part of my thesis is the plan of an architectural retreat complex for the island of Utö, located in the outer Finnish Archipelago. I

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