Rierson Cabin is a private residence created by Salmela Architect.
It is situated in Tofte, Minnesota, and was completed in 2012.
Rierson Cabin by Salmela Architect:
“Our customers expressed the want to share the elegance of this north shore Minnesota site with extended household and buddies. Hence a guesthouse on a granite cliff overlooking Lake Superior.
Existing foundations for a preceding garage were employed to find the guesthouse such that it was within a quick distance of the authentic cabin but each structures maintained unobstructed views. Additionally, the removal of a defunct wind generator had left a considerable exposed triangular concrete plinth delivering the base for an outside masonry chimney and seating location cliff-side. Using these foundations rather than employing normal excavation left the web site as undisturbed as achievable and the new chimney at the guest cabin references the shape of the current plinth.
At the guest cabin each and every of the levels has open gathering space as effectively as privacy for sleeping and bathing functions. The grade level accommodates the kitchen/living/dining space along with a bedroom, bath and mechanical area. The upper degree consists of a gathering/game room, master bedroom, bath and sauna. This extends to the loft degree with the paved roof as a gathering area. The sauna expertise is enhanced as one moves from the steam room to the roof terrace. The loft’s large skylight not only enables contemplation of the night sky but also creates effective stack ventilation in the summertime, cooling the cabin.
Numerous amounts generate vantage factors allowing guests to experience the dramatic web site from various elevations and directions and underneath changing light conditions. Complete-height windows guarantee that the “ground” outdoors feels connected to the interior. The major degree windows appear to rest on the exterior decks, the upper level windows rest on the green roof terrace, and the loft level’s entirely-glazed door opening onto the roof terrace.
All resources were chosen 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-maintenance 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 minimum energy use by way of the use of super-insulated walls, triple-glazed substantial overall performance windows and thermal-bridge-cost-free insulation particulars for the floors over the present foundation. The new garage is made to act as framework and armature for long term solar panels.”
Photos by: David Getty