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.
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 wanted a contemporary, energy efficient home set in a beautiful wooded landscape.
Located on a prominent site between the main thoroughfare into Lindstrom, MN and the lake, this Dental Office was built from the ground up. Modern, yet timeless, this building fi ts easily alongside the existing structures. The reception area takes advantage of the high volume-vaulted ceiling. Six operatories straddle each side of the building allowing each chair access to windows and the scenery beyond. Common funtions such as Sterile, Guest Restroom and the Manager’s Office are centrally located along the core. Operatory end walls are brightly colored with playful light fixtures mounted at various heights to help with wayfinding.
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.
Working out of the back of his house for a year or so, Mower’s first project was a small, single-family home in Chippewa Falls, Wis. The start of this first project helped Mower to develop a sense of what architecture, the form and the function of it, comprises. “Architecture means a whole lot of stuff,” he says. “Not only the artistic parts, but you also need to mix in the technical parts of structural and mechanical engineering along with ‘Mr. Budget.’ That guy is always on our mind.”
After the successful completion of this home, he worked from the same building in St. Paul for over 15 years.