FINNE Architects
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Eagle Harbor Cabin rustic-dining-room
 

Eagle Harbor Cabin

The Eagle Harbor Cabin is located on a wooded waterfront property on Lake Superior, at the northerly edge of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, about 300 miles northeast of Minneapolis.
The wooded 3-acre site features the rocky shoreline of Lake Superior, a lake that sometimes behaves like the ocean. The 2,000 SF cabin cantilevers out toward the water, with a 40-ft. long glass wall facing the spectacular beauty of the lake. The cabin is composed of two simple volumes: a large open living/dining/kitchen space with an open timber ceiling structure and a 2-story “bedroom tower,” with the kids’ bedroom on the ground floor and the parents’ bedroom stacked above.
The interior spaces are wood paneled, with exposed framing in the ceiling. The cabinets use PLYBOO, a FSC-certified bamboo product, with mahogany end panels. The use of mahogany is repeated in the custom mahogany/steel curvilinear dining table and in the custom mahogany coffee table. The cabin has a simple, elemental quality that is enhanced by custom touches such as the curvilinear maple entry screen and the custom furniture pieces. The cabin utilizes native Michigan hardwoods such as maple and birch. The exterior of the cabin is clad in corrugated metal siding, offset by the tall fireplace mass of Montana ledgestone at the east end.
The house has a number of sustainable or “green” building features, including 2x8 construction (40% greater insulation value); generous glass areas to provide natural lighting and ventilation; large overhangs for sun and snow protection; and metal siding for maximum durability. Sustainable interior finish materials include bamboo/plywood cabinets, linoleum floors, locally-grown maple flooring and birch paneling, and low-VOC paints.
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May 16, 2013
Bryan Way wrote:
Beautiful design! How high is that glass wall? Also, what is the depth of this room? - I love the set up, would you mind telling us the dimensions of this whole common area? Thanks :)
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hleder
Incredible project, simple and beautiful.
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Faustina Sandoval
Who is the window manufacturer?
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March 6, 2013
almummert wrote:
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Well, there are curvilinear steel lighting bars suspended over the dining table and kitchen island. Each lighting bar has sockets for a number of hanging pendant light fixtures by Bruck. I designed the lighting bars and they were made at a steel fabrication shop in Seattle.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 2, 2013 at 10:52PM
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Susan Baxter
Wonderful - thank you!
    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 8:41AM
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August 14, 2012
nadeem_c wrote:
How wide are the window mullings? - We are looking at using wooden windows for a 19 ft long window wall. We are considering 4" wide mulling between large units. Wondering what is the width of the mullings here. They look quite narrow.
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nadeem_c
Are the bottom horizontals over the casements 3" also?Nadeem
    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 6:05PM
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Yes, the horizontal mullions are roughly 3".
Nils
    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 8:48AM
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July 13, 2012
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Hi,
The dining chairs in the Eagle Harbor cabin are the classic Wishbone chair, designed by Hans Wegner. They are available at DWR, http://www.dwr.com/product/wishbone-chair-lacquer-colors.do. The dining table is a custom piece that I designed for this project.
Best,
Nils Finne
    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 8:40AM
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Hi jeannietyson, we have wegner wishbone style chairs at instylemodern.com
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July 10, 2012
dk32798 wrote:
What color paint is on the walls?
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heathergood1
What type of wood are the floors?
    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 6:34PM
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Since it is a cabin, we used a locally-sourced low-grade Michigan white maple for the floors.
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May 16, 2012
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Hi,
Thanks for your kind words about this project. The hanging lights over the table are glass pendant lights from BRUCK; the fixture is called CIRO. I designed the curvilinear steel hanging bar, and it was made by a steel shop in Seattle.
--Nils Finne
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April 29, 2012
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bigfella
Are the window frames in this picture made of uPVC or timber?
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 12:55AM
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The window frames are all vertical grain Douglas Fir.
--Nils
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John Hill added this to Contemporary Cabins in the Woods
From inside, similarities with the previous examples are evident: generous glazing, sloping roof, lots of wood. The last two tie these cabins to Thoreau's Walden Pond abode, but the last is definitely a late 20th-century insulated-glass phenomenon.
Bugs are an element in the woods, which is why you don't see large decks here. "Instead of adding decks where the family would be eaten alive, the main living space and its operable windows can serve as one large screened-in porch," Finne says. He sourced the wood from a mill down the road. The floors are native Michigan maple; the paneling, birch. Fir rafters across fir tongue and groove panels make up the ceiling.

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