Yingst Retreat / Salmela Architect

© Undine Prohl

Architects: David Salmela Architect
Location: , , USA
Architect In Charge: David Salmela
Area: 4,000 sqft
Year: 2008
Photographs: Undine Prohl, Peter Kerze, Paul Crosby

© Paul Crosby

The retreat rests on a quiet 16 acre site amongst a tall, dense beech forest that descends to lakeshore. The orientation of the building magnifies this slope and places equal value on views to the trees and the water.

© Paul Crosby

Entering the site you are met by four separate black-clad structures which separates the prosaic functions of a garage. Beyond stands the house with white masonry bookend facades and sidewalls of exposed wood columns mirroring the forest parallel.

© Undine Prohl

The repetition of the glulam columns entices you along a colonnade to the front entry. Contrary to the predominately black exterior, you enter at a midlevel to a lighter wood-lined hall. Morning and evening light fill the space and the rhythmic wood structure provides an open plan with telescoping spaces flowing into and overlooking each other.

© Paul Crosby

Given the clients are avid chefs the bright red kitchen is the central communal area. Dividing the kitchen from the above living area is a white-painted masonry fireplace which makes a connection to the outdoor chimney standing sentinel on the West patio, further diminishing the line between inside and outside.

© Peter Kerze

The sleeping area recedes past the living room with additional rooms located in the above mezzanine.  In the distance there is a stand-alone masonry sauna with sod roof and a black sculpture marking the bocce court.  Despite its openness, the retreat retains an intimate feel, a mystery, stimulating the imagination in both intellectual and emotional ways.

Cite: "Yingst Retreat / Salmela Architect" 10 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=371005>
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  • john jenkins

    Beautiful, clean and harmonious with the environs..

    John Jenkins BSc (Hons) MBEng MCIOB

  • Hong My

    Needless to say, the design is stunning. But one question, why now we have so many houses just be built in the middle of the wood like this? are we continuously invade the forest! I feel worried

    • Allan

      The rich have priority here, money beats nature, tree becomes money. :/

  • kjs

    The location is the town of Michigan in the state of North Dakota. It is not in the state of Michigan.