Lake Pokegama Boathouse

At waters edge, this simple boathouse distills the elemental parts of primitive shelter: enclosing walls of board formed concrete foundation hold back the earth, a gabled roof provides shelter from sun and rain overhead, and panoramic prospect is provided by the openings facing the lake. During the warmer months, chairs and cushions occupy the tiny 250 sf footprint of this boat storage structure while the boats are in the water. The owners of this land wanted to create a way to occupy the lakeshore of their property prior to building their main home.

Project Location: Itasca County, Minnesota

Project Type: New ConstructionOutbuilding

Project Team: Ian A. McLellan, AIA, PartnerTodd P. Hansen, AIA, CID, Partner

Photography: Pete Sieger

Of Note

  • On the lake side, a large custom made overhead folding glass door allows the space to open to the lake providing uninterrupted views.
  • An ipe deck serves as a landing area for the steps that lead to the shoreline, and as a platform for outdoor furniture.
  • On the interior, storage cabinets in the back are held down from the sloped ceiling to provide an additional loft space, bringing light in from the north gable end window.


  • Lake Society Magazine | April 2018
  • RAVE Award - AIA Mpls/ St. Paul | June 2017
  • Star Tribune AIA Everyday Solutions | May 2017
  • Architecture MN | April 2017