The Eagle Harbor Cabin by Finne Architects

July 10, 2009

Seattle based architect Nils Finne has sent us photos of a cabin he designed on the shores of Lake Superior at Eagle Harbor, on the northerly edge of Michigan State’s Upper Peninsula.

Nils Finne says:

How did we end up doing this project?  Well, the clients are old friends from Seattle who live in a house that I renovated with them about 8 years ago.  So, when they acquired the Lake Superior property, they asked me to design a get-away cabin for their family.  It is a spectacular site, and the cabin sits about 30 feet from the lake.  The design is tailored to the site, with a 40-ft. long glass wall facing the lake.  We did a custom dining table and a custom coffee table, and the cabinets are PLYBOO (a very eco-friendly material consisting of bamboo and plywood) with mahogany end panels.

Visit the Finne Architects website – here.

Eagle Harbor Cabin Design Statement

The Eagle Harbor Cabin is located on a wooded waterfront property on Lake Superior, at the northerly edge of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, about 300 miles northeast of Minneapolis.

The wooded 3-acre site features the rocky shoreline of Lake Superior, a lake that sometimes behaves like the ocean. The 2,000 SF cabin cantilevers out toward the water, with a 40-ft. long glass wall facing the spectacular beauty of the lake. The cabin is composed of two simple volumes: a large open living/dining/kitchen space with an open timber ceiling structure and a 2-story “bedroom tower,” with the kids’ bedroom on the ground floor and the parents’ bedroom stacked above.

The interior spaces are wood paneled, with exposed framing in the ceiling. The cabinets use PLYBOO, a FSC-certified bamboo product, with mahogany end panels. The use of mahogany is repeated in the custom mahogany/steel curvilinear dining table and in the custom mahogany coffee table. The cabin has a simple, elemental quality that is enhanced by custom touches such as the curvilinear maple entry screen and the custom furniture pieces. The cabin utilizes native Michigan hardwoods such as maple and birch. The exterior of the cabin is clad in corrugated metal siding, offset by the tall fireplace mass of Montana ledgestone at the east end.

The house has a number of sustainable or “green” building features, including 2×8 construction (40% greater insulation value); generous glass areas to provide natural lighting and ventilation; large overhangs for sun and snow protection; and metal siding for maximum durability. Sustainable interior finish materials include bamboo/plywood cabinets, linoleum floors, locally-grown maple flooring and birch paneling, and low-VOC paints.

Visit the Finne Architects website – here.