Accommodation and workspaces

The Saari Residence, maintained by Kone Foundation, is a residence located in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland, for artists of all disciplines and nationalities. The Saari Residence offers artists a peaceful working environment in the historical and scenic surroundings of an old, rural manor house, as well as excellent opportunities for interaction with other residents.
Photo: Otto-Ville Väätäinen / Kone Foundation

The Saari Residence is located in a peaceful rural manor milieu, Saari Manor, close to nature yet just 30 kilometres from Turku. The versatile workspaces of the Residence and the historical and scenic surroundings of an old, rural manor house offer an excellent opportunity to focus undisturbed on creative work as well as opportunities for interaction with other residents.

The workspaces for artists at the residence are situated in the old stone barn, which also houses a dance studio, three different-sized studios intended mainly for visual artists, sewing machine and a woodworking shop. The spaces for literary work are located with the accommodations. Each artist or collective is allotted a private workspace for the duration of their residence. Some of the manor’s outbuildings can also be used as workspaces during summer.

For details on availabilities at the Saari Residence, please see the information below.

Workspaces

The barn at the Saari Manor has been renovated as a diverse workspace for various art forms. The building contains a dance studio, three studios for visual artists, sewing machine and a woodworking shop. The residence does not have a darkroom, media room or equipment for printing, pottery, graphics or textile work (apart from a sewing machine), but artists of these fields may apply for a residency period for the planning stage of their work.

The workspaces in the cowshed are equipped with tables, and additional tables can be built on trestles. The workspaces do not include tools or equipment. Each workspace has an Internet connection (Ethernet). The Saari Residence does not have a Wi-Fi network.

We advise guests arriving at the residence to acquire all needed materials in advance, as these are not necessarily in stock at the residence and because material costs are included in the monthly grant.

Please contact the Saari Residence before your arrival for help in where to purchase any materials you may need.

The Saari Residence decides on the use of the workspaces.

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Studio 1, the big artist’s studio, located in the barn, is bright and well suited to a diverse range of uses.

  • The studio is equipped with a workbench, and trestle tables are available for assembly if needed. The studio does not contain tools or other implements, but is well equipped with both regular (220 v) and high-voltage electrical outlets. There is also an internet connection.
  • As with all the other parts of the barn, the artist’s studio is lit with daylight bulbs, providing a natural effect that does not cause eyestrain.
  • The studio is south-facing, with the deeply recessed windows (120 cm) providing soft lighting by preventing sunlight from shining directly into the building.
  • The studio has two water outlets, one of which includes a lavatory. The studio has a concrete floor with a light green moulded plastic surface.
  • Area: 70 m2
  • Height: 295 cm
  • Door dimensions: 125 cm x 205 cm

Studio 2, the artist’s studio, located in the barn, is bright and well suited to a diverse range of uses.

  • The studio is equipped with a workbench, and trestle tables are available for assembly if needed. The studio does not contain tools or other implements, but is well equipped with both regular (220 v) and high-voltage electrical outlets. There is also an internet connection.
  • As with all the other parts of the barn, the artist’s studio is lit with daylight bulbs, providing a natural effect that does not cause eyestrain.
  • The studio is south-facing, with the deeply recessed windows (120 cm) providing soft lighting by preventing sunlight from shining directly into the building.
  • The studio has one water outlets, one of which includes a lavatory. The studio has a concrete floor with a light green moulded plastic surface.
  • Area: 30 m2
  • Height: 295 cm

Studio 3, the smaller artist’s studio located in the barn is bright and well suited to a diverse range of uses.

  • The studio is equipped with a workbench. The studio does not contain tools or other implements, but is equipped with an internet connection.
  • As with all the other parts of the barn, the artist’s studio is lit with daylight bulbs, providing a natural effect that does not cause eyestrain.
  • The studio is south-facing, with the deeply recessed window (120 cm) providing soft lighting by preventing sunlight from shining directly into the building.
  • The studio has a concrete floor with a light green moulded plastic surface.
  • Area: ca. 16,5 m2
  • Height: 295 cm

The dance studio, located in the barn, was designed in co-operation with experts in the field.

  • The room has two large wall mirrors, which can be curtained over if required
  • The studio has a sound system.
  • The audio system is equipped with a Tascam CD-200i CD/MP3- player and possibility connect to computer. In addition, the system can be switched to 1 to 2 microphones.
  • The audio system has been carried out with Electro Voice’s four top /midtone speakers, as well as two subwoofer.
  • The dance studio is lit with daylight bulbs, providing a natural effect that does not cause eyestrain.
  • Dance floor area: 11 x 11 m
  • Height: 280 cm
  • The flexible floor provides a safe surface for dancing.

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The woodworking shop, located in the barn, is a well-equipped workspace with all the basic tools and facilities required for working not only with wood, but other materials also.

Due to safety reasons, we require that anyone working in the shop is trained in the use of machinery and attend a separate briefing before beginning work.

  • Basic hand tools
  • Planing bench
  • Electric plane
  • Band saw
  • Construction miter saw
  • Electric chainsaw
  • Jigsaw
  • Cordless screwdrivers and hammer drill
  • Table saw and hand-held circular saw
  • Grinder and small angle grinder
  • Shop vacuum
  • Water supply
  • Room size: 45 m2
  • Room height: 310 cm

The shop is also equipped with machining tools such as a large angle grinder and welding equipment, the use of which must be agreed separately.

Sewing shop

Guests have the opportunity to use the small sewing shop as agreed. The shop contains a sewing machine and three workstations.

Outbuildings

Groups working at the residence during summer months may also work in the unheated outbuildings. The machinery hall and Jacob’s barn (Jaakobinlato) are suitable for use by a circus or theatre collective, for example, and other outbuildings may also be used as shared work spaces. The residence staff will tour guests in the available facilities at the start of the residency period.

Machinery hall

  • Usage only in summer time
  • The area is 23 m x 10 m.
  • Height apprx. 6 m.
  • The floor is concrete.
  • There are 5 big double doors that can be opened.
  • Door dimensions:  4 m x 3, 96 m.

Jacob’s barn is available only during summer time.

  • Floor area 20 x 9 meters.
  • Height 8 meters.
  • In the middle of the barn, there is a balcony in the height of 4,5 meters from the ground.
  • There are four buttresses under the balcony (wight apprx. 3,5 meters).
  • The floor is raw wood plank.
  • The door dimensions: 3,7 x 3 meters.

Equipment/devices

We work under the assumption that residents bring their personal computers and devices needed for their work, such as cameras.

Guests may also use the shared PC and printer-scanner in the barn.

Equipment available for loan at the residence also include:

  • video projector
  • and screen
  • camera tripod (SLIK PRO 400DX) with pan-tilt and video head.
  • illuminated work surface Artograph LightPad 950 (432 mm x 610 mm)
  • easel

Accommodation

Resident accommodation is distributed among the kitchen and staff buildings in the yard wings, and the farmhand’s cottage in the park area.

The apartments vary in size. Larger apartments are intended for literary artists, researchers or artists with families. The farmhand’s cottage has a shared kitchen, and other apartments have a kitchen or kitchenette with basic amenities. Each apartment has an en-suite shower and toilet. For individual residency periods, the stay includes a monthly grant and a personal apartment and workspace, while groups may need to live in shared accommodations.

The apartments are serviced biweekly by a cleaner, but we expect our guests to maintain general cleanliness, clean up after themselves in the shared spaces, and follow the provided instructions on matters such as recycling.

The Saari Residence reserves the right to decide all living arrangements.

Kitchen wing

Apartment 2

The three-room apartment in the kitchen wing (75 m2) is intended for artists or researchers doing written work. The apartemet is accessible.

  • workroom
  • bedroom
  • living room
  • kitchen
  • shower
  • WC

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Apartment 3A

The bright single-room apartment in the kitchen wing (25 m2) is intended for artists or researchers who have a separate workspace at the Saari Residence.

  • Kitchenette
  • sleeping alcove
  • shower
  • WC

Apartment 3B

The small two-room apartment in the kitchen wing (23 m2) is intended for artists or  researchers who have a separate workspace at the Saari Residence.

  • kitchenette (microwave oven, but no regular oven)
  • small separate bedroom
  • shower
  • WC

Footman wing

Apartment 4
During individual residency periods, this two-room flat (59 m2) in the footman wing is used by the Saari Invited Artist. In the summer, the apartment is reserved for groups.

  • Kitchen, incl. e.g. dishwasher
  • Large living room and workspace
  • Bedroom
  • Shower
  • Toilet

Apartment 5

The spacious two-room apartment in the footman wing (58m2) is intended for artists or researchers doing written work.

  • kitchen
  • large living room with workspace
  • Digital Piano (Yamaha CVP 505 Clavinova)
  • bedroom
  • shower
  • WC

Farmhand’s cottage

Farmhand’s cottage shared kitchen

 

The breakfast kitchen in the farmhand’s cottage is suited for cooking smaller meals.

  • Residents of the cottage may use the kitchen to prepare small meals.
  • In addition to kitchenware, it is equipped with a stove, dishwasher and fridge.
  • The kitchen is cleaned biweekly, but guests are expected to tend to daily cleanliness, recycle waste according to instructions and load the dishwasher after meals.

Apartment 1

The larger two-room West-facing apartment in the farmhand’s cottage (32 m2) is intended for artists or researchers doing written work.

  • shared kitchen
  • workroom
  • bedroom
  • shower
  • WC

Apartment 2

The larger two-room East-facing apartment in the farmhand’s cottage (35 m2) is for artists or researchers doing written work.

  • shared kitchen
  • workroom
  • bedroom
  • shower
  • WC

Apartment 3

The smaller two-room West-facing apartment in the farmhand’s cottage (22m2) is intendedfor artists or researchers doing written work.

  • shared kitchen
  • workroom
  • bedroom
  • shower
  • WC

Apartment 4

The smaller two-room East-facing apartment in the farmhand’s cottage (25 m2) is intended for artists or researchers doing written work.

  • shared kitchen
  • workroom
  • bedroom
  • shower
  • WC.

Shared facilities for residency guests

We want to encourage interaction among our residency guests. For this reason, we offer various types of shared facilities for our guests. There are also lots of buildings and other unheated facilities that artists are welcome to use by agreement. The verdant park is popular among guests from the spring to the autumn.

The cosy shared kitchen in the manor barn is a pleasant meeting place.

  • The shared kitchen in the manor barn is intended for all residency guests.
  • The cosy kitchen is equipped with tableware, a stove, oven, a coffee maker, an electric kettle, a dishwasher and a refrigerator.
  • Cleaners clean the kitchen weekly, but guests are responsible for its tidiness on a daily basis. They are expected to load the dishwasher after meals, for example.

The computer facility in the manor barn is intended for all residency guests.

  • PC
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Ethernet

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Designed by Jan-Erik Andersson, the barbecue gazebo – the Barbecue Lover’s Carousel Pavilion – near the barn is intended for residency guests and also serves as a place for meetings, reading and enjoying the view and as a sculpture-like landmark.

  • Its shape was inspired by Andersson’s childhood memories of carousels and hexagonal dance pavilions and milk platforms in the countryside.
  •  Andersson has created a structure where coloured steel beams meet the materials and colours of nature. The roof is made of reeds, and the base was cast in holes that we dug around the gazebo.
  • The floor has an ornamental pattern, Dance of the Soy Sausages.

The wood-fired sauna by the pond in the park at Saari Manor is intended for residency guests.

  • The guests are requested to work out a schedule: if a guest heats the sauna, they should also inform the other guests.
  • Cleaners clean the sauna on a regular basis, but guests are responsible for ensuring its tidiness after use.

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The upstairs living room in the main building has a set of sofas, a meeting facility and a small library.

  • The living room also has a TV and a CD/DVD player.
  • Guests are welcome to use the living room from September to April. In the summer, the living room can only be used by agreement.

Accessibility

The Saari Residence strives to take accessibility into consideration in its operations.

One of our apartments has been renovated to be suited as accessible accommodation, with a kitchen, accessible toilet and three rooms. The apartment is situated on the first floor and accessible by an easy access elevator. We also plan to continue improving the workspaces in the barn over the coming years.

We also strive to avoid electromagnetic radiation; Saari Residence is a low radiation area that does not have wireless networks (WLAN, Wi-Fi). All internet access is via cable (Ethernet). Mobile phones are kept turned off or on airplane mode at the Manor’s main building (and at guest gatherings, if necessary) as the use of mobile phones produces a strong radio frequency field.

If you are applying for a residency, please contact us so we can discuss any special needs you may have. We will do our best to accommodate them in any way possible.