Architecture Minnesota
The Magazine of AIA Minnesota

Renewed Interiors
September|October 2009

Vol. 35 No. 5
September|October Press Release



Consider this year’s interiors coverage an ode to the conversation and the collaboration that take place between an architect and a client. The results in each case are stunning.

Renaissance Revival: Renaissance Square
page 22
By Camille LeFevre

Print Ready: Highpoint Center for Printmaking
page 28
By Christopher Hudson

Beaux Arts Beauty: Phillips Family Office
page 32
By Linda Mack

Act Two: Harbor City International School Theater
page 36
By Ann Klefstad

The Medical Arts: Mill City Clinic
page 38
By Amy Goetzman

By Ann Kohler
Are you a design enthusiast? Have you ever dreamed of working with an architect on a new home, addition, or renovation? Do you have questions about how that works? Ask away at AIA Minnesota’s second annual Homes by Architects Tour, where architects and, in some cases, homeowners and contractors are on hand to demystify the process. Oh, and it’s kind of fun to see the houses, too.

By Camille LeFevre
Speaking of cutting-edge residential design, the ICON Solar House, designed and constructed by a large, interdisciplinary team of University of Minnesota students, will soon be making its way to Washington, DC, for the prestigious Solar Decathlon competition. We take you inside the two-year project.

Departments & Directories

5 Publisher’s Note

9 Post It
A recent Threshold post finds one of our bloggers in an urban landscape half a world away, wrestling with the contrast between rich and poor.

11 Culture Crawl by Camille LeFevre
A building tour and a gallery exhibition offer solutions to some very daunting challenges.

13 Speed Reading by Bette Hammel
The words architecture criticism and page-turner don’t often go together. But they do in the case of Ada Louise Huxtable’s latest book.

15 Citizen Architect by Brandon Stengel, Assoc. AIA
Graduate architecture students at the University of Minnesota get down in the mud for a worthy cause.

17 Conundra by Camille LeFevre
The increasingly popular LEED certification program for green buildings has many flaws and virtues. Which are winning out?

19 Wayfarer by Lucie Marusin
Sir Norman Foster’s dramatic glass dome atop the Reichstag building in Berlin is the stuff of James Bond movies.

72 Place by Mark Gustafson
A lofty interior view of one of the University of Minnesota’s most beloved buildings.

59 Directories of Interior Architecture and Interior Design Firms

70 Credits

71 Advertising Index

On the Cover

Renaissance Square Office Interior Renovation
Minneapolis, Minnesota

"DLR Group made sensational use of this soaring atrium as the centerpiece of their office, so I knew I had to do it justice in the photos,” says photographer Don Wong. “The trick was to convey its great height without just pointing the camera up. I placed a model at the railing for scale and waited until he looked up.”

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.