Madeline Island Retreat

This newly built retreat and storage building on an island in Lake Superior explore the use of exterior rigid insulation, allowing the framing members to be exposed on the interior. The design team studied closely the use of translucent color balanced against painted surfaces to achieve a richly textured yet balanced interior. At 1100 sf, the cottage is efficient, with one bath and two bedrooms. Sleeping lofts in the cottage and the storage building expand the guest capacity to 12.

Project Location: Madeline Island, Wisconsin

Project Type: New ConstructionRetreat HomeOutbuildingKitchenLiving RoomPets

Project Team: Christine L. Albertsson, AIA, CID, NCARB, PartnerMark E. Tambornino, AIA, Partner

Photography: Pete Sieger

Of Note

Features: Photo-voltaic panels


  • Architecture MN | June 2016
  • Marvin Architect Challenge Award | May 2015
  • ASID Award - First Place | November 2014
  • ASID Award - Judge's Merit Award | November 2014
  • Star Tribune AIA Home of the Month Award | August 2014
  • RAVE Award - AIA Mpls/ St. Paul | May 2014
  • Houzz Tour Article | February 2014