A Modern Tiny House Reinvents the Finnish Barbecue Hut

St. Petersburg–based SA Lab draws inspiration from Finnish grill houses to create a modular tiny home that can be adapted for a variety of uses.

FLEXSE measures in at 328 square feet, with an oval footprint that maximizes floorspace, according to the designers.

As far as Nordic outbuildings go, we’ve all heard of the sauna—but what about the grill house? Called grillikota in Finland, which translates to barbecue huts, they are just what they sound like: small structures that enclose a grill to make cold weather barbecuing much more accessible. SA Lab, a firm located in St. Petersburg, Russia, has fashioned a prototype for a customizable prefab tiny house, named FLEXSE, based on the grill house concept.

FLEXSE measures in at 328 square feet, with an oval footprint that maximizes floorspace, according to the designers.

FLEXSE measures in at 328 square feet, with an oval footprint that maximizes floorspace, according to the designers.

Ekaterina Titenko

As a modern interpretation of the classic Finnish grill house, FLEXSE has a distinct slope-roofed silhouette and tightly spaced, narrow vertical wood paneling on the exterior.

As a modern interpretation of the classic Finnish grill house, FLEXSE has a distinct slope-roofed silhouette and tightly spaced, narrow vertical wood paneling on the exterior.

Ekaterina Titenko

The first FLEXSE prototype is laid out as a classic grill house with an integrated barbecue—but the designers say the building can be used for any small-scale purpose, such as a sauna, guest house, or office pod.

The first FLEXSE prototype is laid out as a classic grill house with an integrated barbecue—but the designers say the building can be used for any small-scale purpose, such as a sauna, guest house, or office pod.

Ekaterina Titenko

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