SPLIT ROCK LIGHTHOUSE
Location: Two Harbors, Minnesota
Size: 10,000 sf
The Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior's North Shore is one of Minnesota's most famous historic landmarks. The 10,000 sf Visitor's Center honors this history, and works in harmony with the original structure which dates to 1909. Taking advantage of the dramatic bluff setting, the building uses regional vernacular materials, a simple plan that echoes the form of the Lighthouse, and an open design that welcomes in the breathtaking natural environment, including expansive and panoramic views of the lake. The signature feature is the skylit spine aligned to frame a view of the lighthouse. Progressive environmental features include extensive daylighting, proper building orientation and the use of local materials to enhance the visitor's experience.