Bedroom.
Paul Crosby Bedroom.


Category: Live
Citation

The secluded Vlietstra Retreat accommodates a family of four on the shore of Lake Superior. Duluth, Minn.–based Salmela Architect designed the complex using only the simplest of materials—wood frame construction with black paper-resin composite siding and an EPDM roof—to enclose a modest 1,280 square feet. A storage building and wood shed create a rural forecourt for the simple, two-story, V-roofed mass of the 16- by 40-foot cabin. A south-facing deck mimics the main cabin’s footprint beneath a cantilevered screen porch that provides shade and shelters the entrance from the elements. The family had previously used the property as a campsite, but the new complex provides a more permanent escape with a remarkable sense of place created through sophisticated spatial and compositional means.

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Exterior.
Paul Crosby Exterior.


Storage.
Paul Crosby Storage.


Vlietstra Retreat, Herbster, Wis., by Salmela Architect
Paul Crosby Vlietstra Retreat, Herbster, Wis., by Salmela Architect


Living room.
Paul Crosby Living room.


Living room.
Paul Crosby Living room.


Vlietstra Retreat, Herbster, Wis., by Salmela Architect
Courtesy Salmela Architect Vlietstra Retreat, Herbster, Wis., by Salmela Architect


Vlietstra Retreat, Herbster, Wis., by Salmela Architect
Courtesy Salmela Architect Vlietstra Retreat, Herbster, Wis., by Salmela Architect