The Rierson-Salmons Cabin is a luxurious renovated home on Lake Superior with an energy-efficient facade made from traditional building materials. Salmela Architects built upon the site's pre-existing elements, using the home's old foundations for a guesthouse and creating a seating area on a granite cliff.
The exterior of the Rierson-Salmons Cabin features a thoroughly modern facade accented by linear forms. The black exterior cladding contrasts with the whitewashed masonry texture and naturally-aged wood surfaces.
The architects made the most of the existing foundations, rather than employing typical excavation strategies, leaving the site as undisturbed as possible. The renovation vertically extended the building, creating a loft space overlooking the lake. The loft’s high skylight provides stack ventilation throughout the summer to cool the interior.
To save energy in the cold winter months, the architects incorporated super-insulated walls, triple-glazed high-performance windows and thermal-bridge-free insulation details for the floors above the existing foundation.
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