The Boreal Wilderness Lodge is located in the heart of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in South-central Alaska. The client’s intent was to create a unique, attractive, state-of-the-art alternative energy facility for guests who will be exploring the surrounding park. Their goals include informing and educating guests about the benefits of energy efficiency and conservation, alternative energy, straw-bale construction and recycled materials.
A large wing housing the Living/Dining area and support space was added to the existing log-faced cabin, angled to the south for maximum solar exposure and to take full advantage of the spectacular view of the Nizina River and the park beyond. The addition—designed with straw-bale walls and floors and high clerestory windows—is comfortable throughout the May to September season—wood-stove heating will be necessary only in the extreme cold winter months.