The Shorestead

The 17 acres of this property with Lake Superior shoreline was unusual for its location. A large rock shield with a very low slope, settled into the water for more than half the waters’ edge. Water access was incredible, as were storms. Weather, in fact, inspired the creation of three distinct courtyards, each protected from a particular wind and its temper. A bulb garden grew. A Japanese garden grew. A native species garden grew. For three gardens, three simple, adjacent building forms with deep overhangs, clad, like furniture, in 11” all clear redwood siding were properly scaled to the garden spaces for best daylighting. Three grounds, three constructions connected to each other by copper barrel- vaulted passages, were like a farmstead, one portion always relying on another, set in the most beautiful of circumstances.

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