Rierson Cabin is a personal residence designed by Salmela Architect.
It is situated in Tofte, Minnesota, and was completed in 2012.
Rierson Cabin by Salmela Architect:
“Our consumers expressed the wish to share the beauty of this north shore Minnesota web site with extended household and pals. Hence a guesthouse on a granite cliff overlooking Lake Superior.
Existing foundations for a prior garage were utilized to find the guesthouse this kind of that it was inside of a quick distance of the authentic cabin but each structures maintained unobstructed views. Moreover, the elimination of a defunct wind generator had left a significant exposed triangular concrete plinth delivering the base for an outside masonry chimney and seating area cliff-side. Using these foundations rather than employing standard excavation left the site as undisturbed as achievable and the new chimney at the guest cabin references the form of the present plinth.
At the guest cabin every of the levels has open gathering room as properly as privacy for sleeping and bathing functions. The grade degree accommodates the kitchen/residing/dining space along with a bedroom, bath and mechanical space. The upper level consists of a gathering/game room, master bedroom, bath and sauna. This extends to the loft level with the paved roof as a gathering room. The sauna expertise is enhanced as one particular moves from the steam space to the roof terrace. The loft’s higher skylight not only permits contemplation of the evening sky but also creates effective stack ventilation in the summer time, cooling the cabin.
Multiple ranges develop vantage factors making it possible for guests to knowledge the dramatic website from different elevations and directions and beneath altering light circumstances. Complete-height windows make certain that the “ground” outdoors feels connected to the interior. The primary degree windows look to rest on the exterior decks, the upper degree windows rest on the green roof terrace, and the loft level’s entirely-glazed door opening onto the roof terrace.
All materials had been picked to age with dignity. The smoothness of the upkeep-totally free black exterior cladding contrasts with the whitewashed masonry texture and naturally-aging wood surfaces. The consistency of minimum-servicing resources continues on the interior with fir and birch surfaces. In addition to the visual warmth, the cabin is developed for superior thermal comfort with minimal vitality use by way of the use of super-insulated walls, triple-glazed higher overall performance windows and thermal-bridge-free insulation specifics for the floors over the current foundation. The new garage is developed to act as structure and armature for potential solar panels.”
Photographs by: David Getty