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Plenty of built-in storage helps keep the interiors looking pristine.

Weekend House on Lake Superior, Schroeder, Minn.

Weekend House on Lake Superior, Schroeder, Minn.

  • The home's two black volumes provide a strong contrast to the often-snowy landscape.

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    The home's two black volumes provide a strong contrast to the often-snowy landscape.

  • Architect and owner Julie Snow, FAIA, used black Skatelite as the exterior cladding material.

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    Architect and owner Julie Snow, FAIA, used black Skatelite as the exterior cladding material.

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    Plenty of built-in storage helps keep the interiors looking pristine.

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    Courtesy Julie Snow Architects

    The house sits on a raised platform, allowing water to flow underneath it and down to the lake.

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    A white dining table runs through the main house, parallel to Lake Superior. The home’s quiet design directs attention to the lake year-round, at all times of day.

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    The main house and studio are pulled apart to frame a view of the lake.

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    Kitchen appliances are either tucked out of view or designed to blend into the white interiors. "I wanted the kitchen to disappear," says Snow. "It keeps the house still."

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    The home’s floor plan.

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    Passive heating and cooling reduce the project’s energy use.

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    The home’s site plan.

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This weekend home in Minnesota exhibits an intimate knowledge of its forested surroundings. “They know the environment they’re working in,” said one judge. Its architect, Julie Snow, FAIA, owns the house with her husband, a mechanical engineer. She designed the building to rest on a platform, so as not to disturb the site’s natural water runoff patterns. Inside and out, it’s supremely uncluttered, the better to highlight Lake Superior views. “It’s designed to be about being in that place in the summer, winter, fall, and spring,” Snow notes. “But winter is pretty spectacular.”


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bathroom fixtures: Duravit, www.duravit.com, TOTO USA, www.totousa.com; cooktop: KitchenAid, www.kitchenaid.com; dishwasher: Bosch, www.bosch-home.com; exterior siding: Skatelite, www.skatelite.com; flooring: Royal Mosa, www.mosa.nl/us; hardware: Valli & Valli, www.vallivalli-us.com; insulation: Icynene, www.icynene.com; lighting fixtures: Citilights, www.citilights.com; oven: Warners’ Stellian, www.warnersstellian.com; refrigerator: Liebherr, www.liebherr.us; windows: Viracon, www.viracon.com