Driving directions: From MN-62, drive north on France Avenue 2.3 miles. East on 40th Street 1 mile. South on Linden Hills Boulevard. Park before bridge and walk half a block on Lake Harriet Parkway to home.
DESIGN TEAM: Christopher Strom, AIA; Stacy Kreig, Assoc. AIA
PROJECT TYPE: New Construction
FEATURED SPONSORS: Marvin Windows & Doors; Uber Built, Inc.
This unique 380 square foot project is located near Lake Harriet, amongst what remains of the historic Trolley Line. The architect took advantage of a recent and exciting change to Minneapolis zoning code allowing for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). The impact of ADUs is the opportunity to sensibly increase density in existing residential neighborhoods without altering the character that makes these neighborhoods so desirable. One application of the new building type is to allow for independent multi-generational living in a close proximity to the primary residence.
In the case of this project, the client wanted to build upon an existing foundation to include an independent accommodation for visiting family, friends, and intermittent Airbnb renters. The strategic use of glass, partitions, and vaulted ceilings creates an efficient, yet open and airy interior space. The careful selection of vertical siding, awning windows, and reserved detailing creates a fresh, yet “nested” exterior mass. Details such as compact and concealed appliance selections in the kitchen are exemplary of how a project can be focused on essentials-only, while still maintaining convenience, comfort, and style.