Vlietstra Retreat

Salmela Architect

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.