Architecture Minnesota
The Magazine of AIA Minnesota
Offices That Work
November - December 2006
Vol. 32 No. 6

From the new and luminescent to the historic and character-filled to the exceedingly eco-friendly, these office designs brighten the workday considerably.
Seeing the Light: Kruskopf Coontz Advertising page 32
By Nancy A. Miller
A Comfortable 20 Below: 20 Below page 36
By Nancy A. Miller
Opening Statement: Rider Bennett page 38
By Nancy A. Miller
No Hassle: Newland Architecture page 43
By Christopher Hudson
Pipe Dream: Day Block Renovation page 44
By Nancy A. Miller
Wave Action: Midwest Wireless Addition page 46
By Camille LeFevre
Red & Green All Over: Red Square page 48
By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA
50        Connecting in Ourspace E. Tim Carl, AIA
Email and text and instant messaging are increasingly replacing face-to-face communication in the workplace. But the best companies know that work environments that encourage both focused and casual human interaction are essential to employee creativity, productivity, and satisfaction.
58        Skyway Life Frank Edgerton Martin
What would we do without our skyways? We can walk halfway across town donning nary a shred of cold-weather apparel in the dead of a Minnesota winter. But have these self-contained retail corridors had a negative effect on the life of the city streets below? Writer Frank Martin ponders the question on a lunchtime stroll.
Departments & Directories
7         Editor’s Note

13       Culture Crawl compiled by Emily Dowd
Ready for winter? These snowy-season offerings will put you in the right frame of mind.
17       Notebook by Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA
On a weekend drive north, Architecture Minnesota’s roving reporter encounters a Not So Big House and a Not So Delicate Woman.
19        Material Matters by Nancy A. Miller
If your idea of linoleum is the vinyl flooring that became a mid-century kitchen standard, you’ve got it all wrong.
23        Studio by Paul Neuhaus, AIA
With its reflective-green-road-sign wall and bedspring chandelier, the Alchemy studio is one of the most distinctive and hip offices around.

25        Platform by Susan Andre, Allied AIA
Fourteen sculptors from around the globe totally rocked out at a recent stone-carving symposium in St. Paul.

29        List by Emily Dowd
Wielding pry bars and sledgehammers is one of Joan Soranno’s favorite weekend activities (yes, she’s renovating her home).

84      Place
Photographer Paul Shambroom finds architecture in an unexpected place.
77      Directory of General Contractors
82      Credits
83      Advertising Index

On the Cover
Kruskopf Coontz Advertising
Architect: U + B Architecture & Design, Inc.
Photographer: John Christenson

Mission Statement
Architecture Minnesota, the primary public outreach tool of the American Institute of Architects Minnesota, is published to inform the public about architecture designed by AIA Minnesota members and to communicate the spirit and value of quality architecture to both the public and the membership.