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Foraged Boathouse
Togo, MN

Needing storage by their wetland’s edge, two architects gave themselves the challenge of finding a coherent solution that—minimally impacts the land; is moveable to respond to volatile weather patterns; could be self-built; and uses only foraged materials that reflect the region.

The Foraged Boathouse was built with an abandoned container, scrap recycling steel, rotting cedar tree flares from a neighbor’s log field, and glass samples of past architectural projects accumulated over the years. The steel and cedar blends with the pines and iron banded rocks, while the glass’s changing tints become ad hoc stained glass windows.

Duluth Harbor Container: Sandblasted to its base Corten with ends removed.

Iron Range Mines Scrap Steel: Welded into recessed framing and Dutch doors with lockboxes.

200 year old Cedar Root Flares: Slab cut with the rot and tiled to walls and doors.

Architect Glass Samples: Collected one foot square samples sealed into the steel frames.

Glacial Till Boulders: Collected from the site to become the container’s supports.

Designed by Kara Hill Studio. Photography by Loren Ahles.

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