A new cabin sits on the shore above the clear rocky waters of the Iron Range in the northern Minnesota woods. Careful site placement of the house, sauna, and future shed helps enhance the landscape and bind the structures in a connected composition without sacrificing privacy and incorporating aging-in-place and universal design elements. The cabin has a compact footprint of 1600 square feet. It has three sleeping rooms, space for 8 to sleep, and two bathrooms. All areas are accessible with no thresholds and spacious circulation. Materials draw inspiration from natural resources, using a combination of thermally modified wood, steel, and concrete to mimic the context of the environment. The vertical steel siding is a varied-width pattern like the surrounding trees. It adorns the exterior as a low-maintenance material with the thermally-modified wood siding to camouflage the impact of the building.

Ironranger Cabin in Makinen, MN
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Project Type

New Construction


Makinen, MN

Design Team

Meghan Kell, AIA; Dan Wallace, AIA, CID


Rod & Sons Carpentry


Holl Studio (Cabinetry)


Troy Thies
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