Architecture Minnesota
The Magazine of AIA Minnesota

Sustainability & Style
May|June 2010
Vol. 35 No. 3

Press Release


21 Lake Effect

Our annual residential coverage opens with a tour of three new lakeside homes that manage the neat trick of being both architecturally adventurous and reserved. The common ingredient? Glass, and lots of it.

The Right Angle: Farquar Lake Residence
page 22

By Linda Mack



Lantern on the Lake: Lake Residence
page 26

By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA



Work/Live/Lake: Maple Spring
page 30

By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA




Sustainability has come a long way aesthetically, with homeowners and architects applying an appealing shade of green to a wide variety of house styles.


So Close: North Oaks Residence
page 34

By Bette Hammel



A Traditional Green: Kenilworth Bungalow
page 38

By Amy Goetzman



Fair Housing: house-4
page 40

By Amy Goetzman


page 44

By Camille LeFevre

In Minnesota, three green-home certification programs—LEED for Homes, Minnesota GreenStar, and Minnesota Green Communities—not only help you navigate the many choices involved in creating a healthy, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly home; their stamp of approval has proven to add resale value and reduce the amount of time a house stays on the market.

Departments & Directories

5 Editor ’s Note

9 Post It

Threshold bloggers consider neighborhood design, from the very appealing to the very odd.


11 Culture Crawl by Sarah Bremer, Assoc. AIA

Nothing prepares you for Minnesota’s natural splendors like an architect-designed nature center or state-park visitor center.



13 Speed Reading by Frank Edgerton Martin

Author Bette Jones Hammel and photographer Karen Melvin make a big splash with Legendary Homes of Lake Minnetonka.



15 Studio by Brandon Stengel, Assoc. AIA

Michael Huber, AIA, builds a design studio and workshop—and an architectural practice—that fits his life just right.



17 Synthesis by Greg Maxam, AIA

Studies show that all humans have a severe case of biophilia. The good news? With the right kind of architecture, it’s highly curable.



19 Wayfarer by Paul Crosby

The image suggests historic European city, but the name of the waterway is pure Minnesota. So which is it?


140 Place by Don F. Wong

A plane’s-eye view reveals how out of sync a housing development can be with its surrounding environment.



73 Directory of AIA Minnesota Firms
116 Index of Firms by Building Type
120 Consultants Directory

138 Credits

139 Advertising Index


On the Cover

Farquar Lake Residence

Apple Valley, Minnesota

“What a great way to start the day,” says photographer Paul Crosby. “Soft sounds of waves lapping against the shore, morning sun filtering through the trees, and an occasional bird’s song. The Farquar Lake Residence’s seamless transition between interior and exterior offers the full experience of this exceptional setting.”

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.