March – April 2005
Vol. 31 No. 2

2004 Honor Awards

Overview of 2004 Honor Award Projects

Finding Sanctuary Light and warmth abound in Hammel, Green and Abrahamson’s quietly profound Bigelow Chapel By Camille LeFevre

Going to Great Plains A tautly minimalist office building by Julie Snow Architects echoes the North Dakota landscape By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

Open Wide A freestanding suburban dental clinic by ALTUS Architecture + Design is like no other you’ve ever seen By Christopher Hudson

Beacon in the Night Ankeny Kell Architects’ Grandview Community Center charms with undulating light monitors and subtle references to a neighboring grove of trees By Dorothy Rand

Family Trees A tree-house installation by Cuningham Group Architecture promotes conservation while offering a childhood experience to all By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA


Renewing Modernism The recent renovation of the Towers Condominiums plaza is “a superb example of preserving the spirit of the past while making a public space more relevant for users today” By Frank Edgerton Martin

Poetic License Local landscape photographer Lynn Geesaman’s studies of gardens, arboreta, flood plains, and canals reveal a painterly eye for form and color Introduction by Frank Edgerton Martin


Editor’s Note Monuments and Gestures

Overview “Allée,” MMPA Awards for Architecture Minnesota, 2005 AIA National Honor Awards, 2004 St. Paul Prize

Newsmakers HGA’s expansion of the Minnesota Public Radio headquarters, SEH’s winter recreation master plan for Theodore Wirth Park, SRF Consulting Group’s terrace gardens for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s new visitor center, and Damon Farber Associates’ landscape design for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts expansion By Bette Hammel

Endangered A large housing development threatens to compromise the open shoreline and historic ore docks of Lake Superior’s Agate Bay By Robert Roscoe

Practice Pioneering Minnesota landscape architect and educator Roger Martin has always championed the cross-pollination of training and practice By Ann Harris McMillan

Technology Solid-state lighting offers architects and landscape architects unprecedented color, control, and packaging options By Stephen Knowles, AIA

Talking Point Each of the 2004 AIA Minnesota Honor Award winners contains an architectural idea that brings all aspects of the project into alignment By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

Directory of Landscape Architecture Firms

Project Credits

Advertising Index

Fast Forward Minneapolis Central Library; Cesar Pelli & Associates, New Haven, Connecticut, design architect; Architectural Alliance, Minneapolis, architect of record; Coen + Partners, Minneapolis, landscape architect

Bigelow Chapel, United Theological Seminary
New Brighton, Minnesota
Architect: Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc.
Photographer: Paul Warchol Photography

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