Driving Directions: From I-394, take exit 7 for Penn Ave and drive south on Wayzata Blvd. South to Cedar Lake Pkwy. West on Cedar Lake Rd. Follow to Ewing Ave and France Ave. West on Forest Rd. Straight to Forest Ln. to home.
DESIGN TEAM: Tim Alt, AIA; Chad Healy, Assoc. AIA; Roger Cummelin
PROJECT TYPE: New Construction
FEATURED SPONSORS: Warners' Stellian Appliances
The new house on Forest Lane is an expression of “organic minimalism” for a young couple seeking to live in a mature wooded neighborhood near Cedar Lake in St. Louis Park.
The site was a vacant property split from the adjacent house to the east. Featuring a heavily wooded hill, the integration of the house into the site was the biggest challenge that created a unique identity of the house. Outdoor spaces are sculpted into the land defining private flat outdoor rooms and sheltering slopes of sustainable landscape. The house is embedded into the site as well as cantilevered over the outdoor rooms to develop a dynamic series of indoor and outdoor spaces.
The exterior materials fold into the house creating a sculptural expression of being between realms of the house. The entry is on the lower level; living, kitchen and dining are on the second “main level.” The upper level consists of a master suite wing on the west, separated from a children’s wing on the east by a circulation “void’ and connected to a private outdoor space by a bridge.
Natural cedar, cement fiber panels and stainless steel animate the exterior and interior of the house. The architect was fortunate to work with the client to design the house, the landscape and furniture as well, showing the value of a strong client relationship and mutual understanding.