Derek Skalko and Joseph Spears
Lake Superior North Shore, Minnesota
- AIA Minnesota Award for Unbuilt Architecture (2010)
Situated atop a granite outcropping known as Tettegouche Point, Point House takes its name from the site itself. The overall concept for the residence is derived from the client's desire to maximize views and natural light, as well as establish openness from shared areas of the home. A master bedroom feeling independent of the main house activity was also requested. The planning and massing responds by creating two primary volumes bridged with a continuous concrete wall articulating the circulation spine of the house from both interior and exterior experiences. Each private and shared area in the 4,400 sq ft residence benefits from utilizing the topographical site variation and panoramic landscape qualities surrounding the point, down to the waters below.
Materials and form stem from a fusion of Scandinavian vernacular and the industrial mining and shipping traditions of the region. Cedar siding with painted accents, rusted and paint-locked metal panels and siding constitute exterior materials, along with board-formed concrete, and a combination of regular and channel glazing.