A few years ago I toured Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and architecture school in Scottsdale, Arizona. Then on a trip to the east coast I toured Fallingwater or the Kaufman Residence in Pennsylvania. Each of the buildings at Taliesin West and Fallingwater shared similar styles that include low ceilings, deep over hangs and corner windows to maximize natural lighting and control the temperature, elements that reflected the unique talent that was Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright is best known for his imprint on residential architecture, interior design, and furniture design. However, he started his career in Chicago after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 working as a …
As a full-time residential architect in Minnesota, I’ve spent the last twenty years (in the fall, winter and spring) talking with people at Minneapolis home shows. They may be labeled home & garden shows or home improvement shows, but they share a focus on bringing together qualified professionals and product exhibitors to help interested homeowners find the resources to achieve their hopes and dreams for their homes.
As you begin looking for a residential architecture firm to guide you through the process of renovating, adding on to, or building a new home in Minneapolis, it is important to keep its specific neighborhood in mind. You are not living in a suburb filled with a collection of similarly designed homes where the most prominent design feature may be a three-car garage. You live in a Minneapolis neighborhood where each home is unique and plays an important part in maintaining the character of the community in which it resides. To make your project successful, you should consider investing in a high-quality residential architecture firm that has the experience to help you achieve your goals for the project while contributing to and enhancing the appeal of your neighborhood. Here are five keys to finding the right Minneapolis architect for you.
For over 25 years, Chris Doehrmann Architect has been providing residential architecture services to Minneapolis and Edina while working out of our main studio in the north metro. For the convenience of our clients, we are opening a new 50th & France satellite studio at 3801 W. 50th Street in Minneapolis. If you want to see behind the scenes of how the work gets done, you are welcome to visit our main studio in New Brighton. However, if you prefer to stay closer to home, the 50th & France satellite studio is perfectly designed to immerse you in the work we have done while allowing us to focus on the design of your home and put our experience to work for you.
A home can only be as modern as the era it’s built in, and judging by the trends of 2016, this year’s architectural design trends are definitely not something to take lightly. Traditional materials, a new face of modern exterior design and the advanced technology of the smart home are all blending in to create the clear contour of the house of tomorrow – available to you today.
Even among the most casual of architecture buffs, perhaps the most well known of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin projects is Taliesin in Spring Green, followed by Wright’s architecture for SC Johnson in Racine. Now, travelers and Wright enthusiasts can add Wingspread (Racine), Burnham American System Built Homes (Milwaukee) and the First Unitarian Society Meeting House (Madison) to their must-see list as these projects and more are now a part of the newly designated Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Wisconsin.
It’s easy to forget how spoiled we are by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, with its 1,200 acres of manicured gardens, woods, and prairies, and 12.5 miles of walkable trails and paths. USA Today gave us all a collective nudge this spring by naming our arb the best botanical garden in the country.
We all know as Minneapolis architects that this city holds some true gems. If you are ever looking for something to do on the weekend, take a look at these must-see buildings from around the city!
This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to the city stars fall on. With a few notable exceptions, one can hardly be called a architect if s/he hasn’t designed something in Minneapolis. Since 2005 the architects that have fallen on this “City of Lakes” include Jean Nouvel, Herzog & de Mueron, César Pelli, Michael Graves, Steven Holl, and Frank Gehry. This is a surprising number for a city just north of 380,000 people.
The week’s best home and garden events in the Twin Cities, including Mother’s Day picks:
Keeping up with the sales and events around my architecture firm in Minnesota is important to me. As spring approaches, it is fun to see what resources are available to homeowners in the area. I hope everyone enjoys their Mother’s Day weekend!
We all have a natural tendency to want to revitalize our spaces as the weather gets warmer. Sunny spring days give us the boost of energy it takes to re-organize and re-imagine the spaces we live in every day. Here are a few tips for moving from winter cozy to spring fresh.
As the weather gets nicer, our motivation to redecorate increases. The spring creates a wonderful energy, and we want our homes to represent that same feeling.