Built on Madeline Island in Lake Superior in northwestern Wisconsin, this cottage is an experiment: an attempt to create the feeling of a modern-day settler's cabin. Though built for the harsh climate of northern Wisconsin, the cottage appears lightly put together. Through this illusion of rudimentary shelter, one feels more closely connected to the project's powerful natural setting. Both owner and architect were intrigued with the possibility of performance combined with relaxed expression. This formed the conceptual framework for the creation of these little buildings. They embody the values of efficiency and conservation, with a belief in simple amenities.

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