This lakeside cabin complex located in Northern Minnesota was designed for two families who had spent summers on this lake for generations. Their shared respect for the tradition of modest fishing retreats on this lake formed the basis of the design challenge: how to build something new that did not stand out amongst the small-scale original retreats on the lake. The program was divided into three small scaled, dark colored buildings, meant to blend into the environment as inconspicuously as possible.
The main house was designed to be as spatially efficient as possible with maximum functionality and direct connection to the outdoors. All interior materials were selected to be sustainable and renewable, with an emphasis placed on indoor air quality. The garage/recreation cabin is intended to be used primarily as a bar and hang out space. The small guest cottage has a living space, two bedrooms, bathroom and an outdoor shower.
Project Location: Park Rapids, Minnesota
Project Type: New ConstructionRetreat HomeOutbuildingKitchenBathroomLiving Room
Project Team: Christine L. Albertsson, AIA, CID, NCARB, PartnerTammy Angaran, AIA LEED GAAbigail Merlis, Assoc. AIA
Photography: Corey Gaffer
Interior Design Consultant: Lynne Boyer