In the 1950's Elis Sinistö (1912-2004) from Finland went to live in a plot of wood in the community of Kirkkonummi, where he founded his own domicile, using all kinds of recycled materials to construct various buildings, such as a house to live in (as on the next picture), a temple, a sauna, a guest house and various other constructions.
For visitors who wanted to stay overnight, Sinistö had constructed a guest house, as in next picture.
a guest house
Sinistö incorporated a lot of qualities in one person, he was a philosopher, a yogi, a dancer, singer, poet, performer.... and he did not care about property, nor about the so called prosperity of western society....
He is quoted to have said that he did not own anything, it was just mother Earth that owned him, and his life, he said, just was "pure being".
balcony of mountain cottage
After the war Sinistö became a professional dancer for theater companies, and he also was a painters model. With the money earned in these jobs he could buy the plot of land in the woods, where he single-handedly constructed his Villa Mehu.
No future for this site
After Sinistö's death in 2004 the property was legated to a folk art music foundation, which ensured that interested people could visit the site, However, this foundaton in 2011 went bankrupt and since the site with its buildings was a collateral for loans the foundation had contracted, it had to be sold.
It was bought by a neighbour, who in july 2013 told a finnish newspaper that due to lack of funds the already dilapidated structures can not be renovated. Just the structures in stone, the headstone and the pond where Sinitstö's ashes were scattered, will be retained.
* Jan Kaila's weblog with portraits of Sinistö
* Periodical Heathen Harvest with a post about Sinistö (detailed biography, various pictures of the site made around 2012)
* A Facebook page in memory of Sinistö. And another, more general FB page about him.
* Note and pictures on the ITEnet website
* Video by Lauri Ainala (Youtube, uploaded aug 2009, 5'03")
* Video by Erkki Pirtola, in two parts (Youtube, uploaded jun 2012, 9'50" and 9"51)
first published jan 2010, revised dec 2012, june 2014, jul 2015
Veklahti, Kirkkonummi, FI
site extant, but slowly detoriating