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Lutsen, MN

In Progress

(4) 1,200 sf Cabins + (4) 200 sf Saunas

Photos by Spacecrafting

Located adjacent to the Lutsen Mountains Ski and Summer Resort, the project is envisioned as a year-round retreat, taking advantage of the many outdoor activities along Minnesota's North Shore and the nearby Superior National Forest. Four vacation rental cabins, each with its own private sauna and outdoor fire pit, are outfitted with a modest palette of materials: corrugated metal siding, cedar siding, and plywood interiors.

The cabins are elevated on concrete piers to accommodate a sloping site and 120 inches of annual lake-effect snow. Subtle shifts in plan and section provide privacy between neighboring cabins, distinct public and private spaces within, and framed views of the coniferous forest, with glimpses of Lake Superior beyond.

Two of the four cabins have been completed and are welcoming visitors for the 2023-24 winter ski season. The remaining cabins will be completed in December of 2023 and the final landscape touches will be completed in the spring of 2024, in time to greet visitors for the summer vacation season.

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