This Lake Michigan beach house courts efficiency from multiple angles – quite literally. A splayed floor plan opens views to the water and horizon, and divides public and private spaces into insulated zones to condition only those areas that are in use.
Since 1983, SALA Architects has opened new possibilities through architectural design for clients and projects of every scale and sensibility. We see design as exploration. Our 13 project architects and 7 staff professionals work collaboratively to uncover ideas that contribute to the beauty and function of everything we create. The results are highly inventive, thoughtfully crafted, and intimately connected to the lives of their users.
We began as a residential firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 34 years later our practice has grown to include categories from commercial building to cultural centers, reaching a clientele across the region and the country. Uniting our work is a devotion to the individual needs of the people we serve. It’s a philosophy that makes the process enjoyable—and, as our clients tell us, makes the final product delightfully personal in ways they never expected.
Accompanying a mutual friend nearly as long ago, the architect visited the site as a guest and years later could easily recall the inspiration inherent in the site. Ultimately dream and inspiration met to create this weekend retreat.
Grounded by its singular direction and enhanced by innovative details, the Shadow Box may eventually cast its “shadow” onto our future work, extending the knowledge we’ve gained and the lessons learned.
Although a freestanding home, this 2500 s.f. 5-level split is similar in plan to an attached townhouse with most of its windows on the front and back and virtually none in the longer sidewalls.