Photo by Caitlin Abrams
NO. 78 | OFFICE ENVY
We've been admiring the Ford Center's many renovations, and here's another piece of it that has us green with envy: HGA Architects transformed a historic factory into a modern glass-and-steel office space with great attention to detail down to the refurbished, energy-efficient windows. Its wide-open company coffee bar looks much more alluring than a skyway shop for meeting with colleagues and clients
Courtesy Peterssen/Keller Architecture
NO. 79 | ENHANCED RECLAIMED WOOD
If you're getting tired of the phrase "reclaimed wood" just enlist the geniuses at Peterssen/Keller Architecture to take it to the next level. This bedroom features walls of relaimed 100-year-old white oak paired with Trove wallpaper and Bocci glass pendants. "We chose these materials because they create a composition of texture, color, light, and detail."
Courtesy Vujovich Design Build
NO. 80 | BLOG INSPIRED INFILL
Ed Roskowinski, owner of Vujovich Design Build, knows a lot about urban infill. "It is paramount that the design of an in-fill home be complementary to its existing surroundings. This doesn't necessarily mean the new structure needs to look exactly like the homes surrounding it, but it should meld into its environment," he says. Recently Roskowinski finished a house in Linden Hills that has that old-meets-new feel, partly because it looks like a home by the lake. The homeowners were inspired by the local blog House of Turquoise in designing their home and the team added pops of blue throughout, a reminder that Lake Calhoun is around the corner.
NO. 81 | LIGHT SLOT WINE CELLAR
For those who love wine but hate the usual dark, murky, underground cellars, here's a bright idea. "Natural light and wine don't typically mix well," says the team at TEA2 Architects. "By introducing a deep light slot in the ceiling, this modern wine cellar borrows natural light through the floor of a sunroom above. Diffused, filtered light washes an adjacent plaster wall, creating a unique feel with a tranquil glow in this otherwise dark basement room." This space is accessed through an underground tunnel that connects to an existing basement and is done in a simple palette of concrete, plaster, and steel. Bottles rest on minimal walnut wood blocks suspended from the ceiling with stainless-steel rods anchored to the floor. Wow, right?
Courtesy of Design + Build by Detail Homes
NO. 82 | CROCUS' NEW HILL
St. Paul's historic Crocus Hill neighborhood gets a lift with the first sizable residential development it's seen in almost a century. Thirteen single-family lots now stand where the Wilder Center used to be. Each lot owner chose their own architect and builder—with Charlie Simmons, Britt Willis, TEA2, and Albertsson Hansen on the bill—and every plan was reviewed by an architectural control committee to ensure the homes would blend in with the existing Victoria-era mansions. "We want it to look like a very traditional part of the neighborhood," says Jim Seabold, the realtor who brought the site to the attention of developer Wall Companies. "These are architect-designed single-family houses of the same size and scale of their neighbors."