What are architects to do when asked to update a building they designed? Change nothing? Fiddle to fix past mistakes? Treat it as a palimpsest and go about what needs to be done? This was the challenge of Wild Rice Retreat for architect David Salmela.
Salmela originally designed Wild Rice as a destination restaurant on a wooded, sloped site overlooking Lake Superior in Wisconsin. The venue’s patron was Mary Rice, part of the family that owns Andersen Windows; Salmela remembered that the eatery’s name came not from the grain but instead from her distinctive character. The four gabled forms, hollowed by an interior courtyard,
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