A waterfront plot in Duluth, Minnesota has been updated with a new structure by Salmela Architect: the Hall House. Originally the site of a 19th century home, the land upon which Hall House now rests includes ledge rock, retaining walls and old stone stairs at its base. Hall House now stands upon this old rock base, occupying the area where the old structure stood. Given this process of new-meets-old, the landscape beneath the house stays true to its natural history. The resulting emotion of this land echoes how it once felt to the immigrants who settled here over a hundred years ago.
Visually, Hall House by Salmela Architect is varied and distinctive, with natural colors that feel at home in the Minnesota environment. The metal, wood and stone exterior is left in its natural state, colored only by age and weather. The interior echoes the neutrality of the exterior, with white walls that allow the interior nature — the occupants and their furnishings — to set the tone. In total, Hall House is warm, welcoming and refined, but modern and progressive in design. The architects worked to maintain the structural base and history of the original plot, fitting this new design into the rural context it now occupies. [architect: salmela architect photographer: paul crosby via: archdaily]