Progressive Architecture has worked with the medical device company Minnetronix for over a decade, remodeling and constructing new offices and labs. The interior design and color palette reflects the high tech, yet casual company culture.
A beautiful entryway is one of those discrete necessities that can have a major effect in your home's look and feel. Like trim or molding, most entryways go genuinely unnoticed, however, they can dramatically affect the appearance of the home/room. Since the greater part of us buy or lease homes with the entryways already installed, we frequently look directly past them.
Site planning in landscape architecture and architecture refers to the organizational stage of the landscape design process. It involves the organization of land use zoning, access, circulation, privacy, security, shelter, land drainage, and other factors. This is done by arranging the compositional elements of landform, planting, water, buildings and paving and building. Site planning generally begins by assessing a potential site for development through site analysis. Information about slope, soils, hydrology, vegetation, parcel ownership, orientation, etc. are assessed and mapped. By determining areas that are poor for development (such as floodplain or steep slopes) and better for development, the planner or architect can assess the optimal location and design a structure that works within this space.
There is a lot to consider when choosing a site to build on. This video takes a look at the different ways to design with the surroundings in mind.
Not only are there countless ways to approach a building on foot, but parking options are endless as well. Here, watch how the relationship between buildings and parking locations combine functionality and site design.
Daylighting is the practice of placing windows or other openings so that during the day natural light provides effective internal lighting. Particular attention is given to daylighting while designing a building when the aim is to maximize visual comfort or to reduce energy use.
Wright was right: form and function fuel design
Iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright was guided by the philosophy that “form follows function and imparts the character of a structure.”
Avid water sports and iceboat enthusiast John Stasieluk and contractor Mark Olson of Applewood Builders are applying Wright’s philosophy. They have designed a barn that is functional and architecturally unique for Stasieluk’s vintage boats and a 38-foot Johnson showpiece iceboat named Phantom.
“I interviewed a half dozen contractors before I found a guy who understood my vision. Mark Olson just gets it … and he’s a master carpenter,” said Stasieluk. Both men share pride in a project that is an ode to persistence and history.
After working with the Dr. Geller to design his dental clinic in Eagan, Progressive Architecture partnered with the homeowners to design their new home. The family were strong advocates for a contemporary, energy efficient home set in a beautiful wooded landscape.