Family Retreat / Salmela Architect

Family Retreat / Salmela Architect

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Herbster, United States
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Family Retreat / Salmela Architect - Windows, Facade
© Paul Crosby

Text description provided by the architects. This secluded retreat is on a West facing shore of Lake Superior. At the end of a short forested driveway a storage building and woodshed structure form a gateway which marks entry to the site.  Proceeding to the cabin a long South facing deck supplemented with fireplace provides a warm sunny space for the often cool days on the coldest of Great Lakes. A cantilevered screen porch above creates a shaded area for the relatively few hot days and acts as a rain/snow cover for the main entrance.

Family Retreat / Salmela Architect - Table, Countertop, Windows, Chair, Beam
© Paul Crosby

The 16x40 foot cabin interior is paneled in clear basswood and directs views toward the lake and surrounding forest. To the North an additional outdoor breakfast deck overlooks a field of the native grasses and wild flowers. The upper floor consists of two bunk rooms, one guest room, a master suite and screen porch for summer sleeping. The V-shaped roof of the cabin directs rain water away from the side decks as well as away from the building ends.

Family Retreat / Salmela Architect - Sofa, Chair, Windows
© Paul Crosby
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Family Retreat / Salmela Architect - Windows
© Paul Crosby

Hidden in the woods off the pathway to the lakeshore is a sauna which repeats the function of the V-shaped roof. The use of black paper-resin composite siding along with aging cedar elements on all buildings provide a nearly maintenance-free exterior allowing more care-free days at the retreat. The land which had previously been used as the family campsite now a series of structures that provides every opportunity to bask in the outdoors. 

Family Retreat / Salmela Architect - Garden, Forest
© Paul Crosby

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Cite: "Family Retreat / Salmela Architect" 10 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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