Architecture Minnesota
The Magazine of AIA Minnesota

Progressive Homes
May/June 2009
Vol. 35 No. 3
May/June 2009 Press Release




What makes architect-designed homes in our region different from those anywhere else? Ours are rooted in the history and the landscape of the Upper Midwest, as these projects so beautifully demonstrate.

Enchanted: Yingst Retreat page 26
By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

Modern Imagination: Mayo Plan #1 page 30
By Nancy A. Miller

A Cool Mill: Hopkins + Baumann Loft page 34
By Glenn Gordon

Hot Spot: Eitel Apartments page 37
By Frank Edgerton Martin

Lighthouse on the Prairie: Progressive Farmhouse page 42
By Linda Mack

By Camille LeFevre

Is the economic downturn quelling interest in green residential design because of the perceived higher cost? Or is the opposite true—is it heightening interest in energy savings, healthier living spaces, and doing right by the planet? We spoke with three residential architects noted for their commitment to sustainable design, and they all told us the same thing: Homeowners are more tuned in to sustainability than ever before, and they’re learning that many basic, green design measures are actually budget friendly.

Departments & Directories

7 Editor's Note

13 Culture Crawl by Camille LeFevre

A new Tomás Saraceno exhibition at the Walker Art Center imagines cities and gardens in the sky.

15 Studio by Ann Klefstad

Denizens of downtown Duluth know just what’s going on at CF Design: They can see right into the friendly storefront studio.

17 Conundra by Sebastian Schmaling, AIA

Scandinavian design has long been a source of inspiration for residential architects in Minnesota. The problem comes when inspiration turns to imitation.

21 Synthesis by Doug Pierce, AIA

The Bauhaus sought to forge a new future for design in the early 20th century. Are there parallels to the design challenges of our century?

23 Wayfarer by David Salmela, FAIA

Alvar Aalto’s celebrated Villa Mairea in Noormarkku, Finland, leaves a lasting impression on AIA Minnesota’s 2008 Gold Medalist.

144 Place by Pete Sieger, AIA

A relatively new residential zone in Minneapolis inhabits an industrial landscape rife with ghosts of the past.

81 Directory of AIA Minnesota Firms

126 Index of Firms by Building Type

130 Consultants Directory

142 Credits

143 Advertising Index


On the Cover

Yingst Retreat
Empire, Michigan

"David [Salmela] and I drove together, up through Wisconsin into Michigan, to shoot the Yingst project,” recalls photographer Peter Bastianelli-Kerze. “And we didn’t kill each other. We made a bet to see who would get fewer business calls during the weeklong trip. I got fewer. I won.”


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.