RAVE » 2008 Winners

Awards Acknowledge Residential Architects’ Vision & Excellence

Ten residential architecture projects by Minnesota architects have been selected for this year’s Residential Architects Vision and Excellence (RAVE) Awards. The RAVE program, in its fifth year, was created by AIA Minnesota and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine to recognize excellence in residential design and raise awareness of the benefits of using an architect. Forty-seven submissions were entered in different categories including new and remodeled homes, large and small sizes and budgets.

The jury was comprised of James Dayton, AIA, James Dayton Design, Kevin Flynn, AIA, LEED AP, EcoDEEP, Andrea Myklebust, sculptor and public artist and Shawn Gilliam, Homes Editor, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. They selected the following projects:


The 2008 RAVE winners are:

Spiral Stair

Detail category
ALTUS Architecture + Design
Tim Alt, AIA, Chad Healy, Roger Cummelin, AIA, Tammy Angaran, AIA, Carl Olson
Photo credit: ALTUS Architecture + Design

Juror comments: The architect took a thoughtful approach in detailing what might have been a standard staircase and made it functional and sculptural. With the varying patterns and how light plays off of it, not only would it be a pleasure to move through it, but also to simply observe how it transforms the space over the course of a day.

Saint Anthony Mills Apartments

Multi-Family category
Elness Swenson Graham Architects, Inc.
David Graham, AIA, Tracey Jacques, AIA, David Jones, AIA, CSI, Heather Whalen, AIA, Meredith Wu,RN, AIA, Abram Boulding, Assoc. AIA
Photo credit: ESG Architects

Juror comments: Affordable housing for artists in residence in a location that really works. Situated on the bustling Washington Avenue with access to mass transit, the façade of this building blends modern with the historic flavor of the area.

Lake Minnetonka Boathouse

Remodel/Addition Less Than 800SF category
Albertsson Hansen Architecture. Ltd.
Christine Albertsson, AIA, Ryan Fish, AIA
Photo credit: Peter Bastianelli-Kerze

Juror comments: It’s cute, very cute! A little building that functions like a boathouse and more, accomplishing a lot in a relatively tight environment.

Juliet House

Remodel/Addition Over 800SF category
RoehrSchmitt Architecture, LLC
Christopher Schmitt, AIA, Michael Roehr, Assoc. AIA
Photo credit: Scott Gilbertson Photography

Juror comments: This is my favorite remodel in the group. The views and perspectives this home affords are well thought out, like the detailing in the entryway approach through a lattice entry sequence – very cool.

Minneapolis Bungalow Remodeling

Remodel/Addition Over 800SF category
Albertsson Hansen Architecture. Ltd.
Todd Hansen, AIA, Corri Sandwick, Assoc. AIA
Photo credit: Dana Wheelock

Juror comments: Simple clean details allowed this remodel to be true to the original. It carefully resolved functionality and space issues with the design and sets an example solution that is applicable for so many people’s homes.

Wall House

New Residence Less Than 2,000SF category
RoehrSchmitt Architecture, LLC
Christopher Schmitt, AIA, Michael Roehr, Assoc. AIA
Photo credit: Scott Gilbertson Photography

Juror comments: How does modern mix with typical urban lot in an affordable way? See this home. It has many stories to talk about – it’s small, but efficient; affordable at $150 per square foot, it feels expensive; and easy adaptable as a prototype.

5ive

New Residence Less Than 2,000SF category
Shelter Architecture, LLC
John Dwyer, AIA. Kurt Gough, Assoc. AIA, Jackie Millea, Assoc. AIA and Colin Oglesbay, Assoc. AIA
Photo credit: Jeff Gallo

Juror comments: Great work on achieving LEED Platinum! The clever handling of materials seen the exterior wall as a thermal mass and the interesting play on light within the home make this an affordable successful green home.

White Bear Lake Residence

New Residence Over 3,500SF category
ALTUS Architecture + Design
Tim Alt, AIA, Chad Healy, Roger Cummelin, AIA, Tammy Angaran, AIA, Carl Olson
Photo credit: Peter Bastianelli-Kerze

Juror comments: This home with its three physically separate sections, is well sited and seamlessly blends into the landscape. Its narrow one-story design along the lake allows views through the home while respecting the indoor to outdoor relationship.

Cannon Falls Residence

New Residence Over 3,500SF category
Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd.
Todd Hansen, AIA, Christine Albertsson, AIA, Mark Tambornino, Assoc. AIA, Ian McLellan, Assoc. AIA
Photo credit: exterior: Peter Bastianelli-Kerze; interior: Dana Wheelock

Juror comments: It’s hard to do big well. The architect designed a modernized farmhouse, large in square footage with enough details to make it feel comfortable.

Prairie House

New Residence Over 3,500SF category
ALTUS Architecture + Design, Salmela Architect, Coen + Partners
Tim Alt, AIA, Chad Healy, Roger Cummelin, AIA, Tammy Angaran, AIA, Carl Olson
Photo credit: ALTUS Architecture + Design; landscape (photo of square garden plantings): Coen + Partners

Juror comments: A new paradigm for a suburban subdivision is set in this home with three different buildings creating exciting interstitial spaces. The interaction of spaces within the footprint of the home and grounds brings privacy without the need of the typical suburban fenced-in yard.