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Collection by Mason Riddle

Superior Logic

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Prefab construction simplified the building process of this northern Wisconsin summer home, where all materials required ferrying across Lake Superior.

When architect Charlie Lazor was commissioned to design an affordable, durable summer retreat on Lake Superior’s historic Madeline Island, he was aware of the location’s challenges. Because of its relative isolation, site-building results in a 20 percent up-charge for ferrying materials and equipment, such as a weighty concrete mixer, to the wooded site. The clients envisioned a modern cabin that evoked a rustic simplicity; Lazor, creator of the panelized FlatPak house, developed a new modular 1,600-square-foot open-plan Week’nder sporting a screened porch, traditional porcelain fixtures, and shed door latches. Mounted on tubular steel posts to minimize its ecological footprint (and the number of ferry crossings), the home stands out amongst the trees as a testament to both prefab’s tenacity against the elements and its environmental ethos.

Architect Charlie Lazor opted for a wash of black on the prefab cabin he designed on Madeline Island, Wisconsin.
Nestled in a field of praire grass in the Wisconsin woods, the Weekn’der is a dynamic contrast of minimalist black and...
The wood-and-metal exterior is all about the interplay of angles and planes.
Proceeding through the Weekn’der is an experience of shifting volumes, myriad textures, and changing light.
In the naturally lit central living space, stained plywood is used for the walls and flooring.
A Rais wood-burning fireplace heats the central space and the architectural element surrounding it was designed and...
A seven-foot-tall entry screen made from raw heirloom cedar is a cozy decorative moment that first compresses one...
The ultra-compact "sleeping berths" are a couple of steps up from the ground.
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