Combining the active lifestyle and appreciation of modern Scandinavian architecture of a youthful Minnesota couple, this vacation retreat celebrates its natural north woods environment.

Programmatically, the Northern Lake Home is composed of two primary massings separated by a glass core. Splaying out to the lake beyond and nestled into a natural swale, the public spaces contour along the landscape blurring the distinction between its built and natural environments. The voluminous living areas feature large walls of glass to welcome in the sometimes scarce northern light and capture intimate lake views through the embankment. A glass core converts through its operable glass wall to combine the dining and private lounge to allow a sheltered connection to the woods and lake beyond. The private family area is partially embanked into the landscape and set away from the public area, protecting its sleeping quarters and private spaces from the active lifestyle surrounding it.

With a subtle darkened exterior material palate, the Northern Lake Home blends into the forested landscape, while white oak finishes provide a warmth to the minimal and crisp interior that allows the surrounding natural environment to be the highlight.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Cabin Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Concrete Siding Material, Metal Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, Shed RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Photo 2 of Northern Lake Home
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Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, Wood Cabinet, White Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, Concrete Floor, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Ceiling Lighting, Refrigerator, Undermount Sink, and Range. Photo 9 of Northern Lake Home
Modern home with Bath Room, Wood Counter, Concrete Floor, Wall Mount Sink, Ceiling Lighting, and Wall Lighting. Photo 10 of Northern Lake Home
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Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Sofa, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, and Concrete Floor. Photo 13 of Northern Lake Home
Modern home with Bath Room, Wall Mount Sink, Ceiling Lighting, and Wall Lighting. Photo 14 of Northern Lake Home
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Cabin Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, Metal Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, and Shed RoofLine. Photo 15 of Northern Lake Home
Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, House Building Type, Cabin Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, Metal Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, and Shed RoofLine. Photo 16 of Northern Lake Home
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Cabin Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Concrete Siding Material, Metal Siding Material, Wood Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, Shed RoofLine, and Flat RoofLine. Photo 17 of Northern Lake Home
Modern home with Exterior, Cabin Building Type, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, Metal Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, and Shed RoofLine. Photo 18 of Northern Lake Home
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Overview

Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 4800