Striking modern home celebrates natural materials for a timeless aesthetic

January 4, 2018 by  
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Minneapolis-based architecture firm Strand Design completed Theodore Wirth Ranch, a beautiful home designed to stand the test of time in both durability and style. Located on a hillside near downtown Minneapolis , the 4,500-square-foot residence was envisioned as a “modern ranch” in a semi-urban environment. A natural materials palette ties the building into the landscape, while careful craftsmanship gives the home a clean and contemporary appearance. Set next to a densely wooded park, the retreat-like Theodore Wirth Ranch was designed around entertainment. A 10-meter swimming pool sits at the heart of the property between the main residence and the sauna, pool house, and outdoor kitchen. The outdoor entertainment area and the south-facing indoor living area that’s wrapped in full-height glazing are optimized for large gatherings. A planted berm on the south edge of the property helps mitigate street noise and provide additional privacy. Related: Stunning home fuses modern Scandinavian design with the Minnesotan outdoors The cedar -clad home catches the eye with its striking cantilevered roof that helps shield the living spaces from summer solar gain . “Laboring over every material and line, this project is the result of rigorous design and planning with the clients,” wrote the architects. “With a constant requirement for precision, the joinery and timing of materials throughout the home create clean, harmonic spaces that carry one throughout the home. Celebrating a truth in materials, white walls highlight the wide variety of finishes including clear timber, sandstone, marble, cork, concrete, and steel.” + Strand Design Photos by Josh Grubbs

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SLA unveils year-round ski slope to cap Copenhagens massive trash incinerator

January 4, 2018 by  
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Architecture firm SLA has unveiled final designs for the much-anticipated park and ski slope that will top the currently operational Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant in Copenhagen, Denmark. BIG , which masterplanned the incredible project, is also behind some of the ski slope designs. The all-weather green roof will be open throughout the year with a variety of programming from hiking trails and climbing walls to ski slopes and viewing platform for taking in the city skyline. The 170,000-square-foot park is essentially a massive green roof , a plant-covered building system that SLA has won numerous accolades for, including the 2017 Scandinavian Green Roof Award for Copenhagen’s Mærsk Tower and SUND Nature Park. Challenges for the Amager Bakke’s multipurpose green roof include steep slopes, safety concerns, and the facility’s byproduct heat that can reach as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit in certain areas. “The project to create an attractive and green activity rooftop park on top of Amager Bakke has been very challenging,” said SLA partner Rasmus Astrup, according to ArchDaily . “Not only because of the extreme natural – and unnatural – conditions of the site and the rooftop itself, which put severe stress on plants, trees and landscape . But also because we’ve had to ensure that the rooftop’s many activities are realized in an accessible, intuitive and inviting manner. The goal is to ensure that Amager Bakke will become an eventful recreational public space with a strong aesthetic and sensuous city nature that gives value for all Copenhageners – all year round.” Related: Denmark fires up its Copenhill power plant, with ski slopes set to open next year The rooftop park is designed to become a lush environment welcoming to a great diversity of flora and fauna. Visitors will also be able to help seed the park with seed bombs . Construction has broken ground on the Amager Bakke Rooftop Park, which is slated for completion in September 2018. + SLA Via ArchDaily Images via SLA , except where noted

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Americas largest modern timber building pieces together like LEGO

November 30, 2016 by  
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The nation’s largest timber building has officially opened its doors in Minneapolis. Designed by Vancouver-based Michael Green Architecture and Architect-of-Record DLR Group , the seven-story tower is the first modern wooden building of its kind to have been built in over 100 years. Created from prefabricated timber panels, the 224,000-square-foot building’s structural system was quickly pieced together like LEGO blocks on-site at a speed far exceeding conventional steel-framed and concrete buildings. Located in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood, T3 mimics its historic warehouse neighbors with its blocky shape, but steers clear of the heavy bulk. The wooden building’s structural system—mostly cross-laminated timber and nail-laminated timber—weighs approximately one-fifth of similarly sized concrete buildings. 180,000 square feet of timber framing was installed in less than 10 weeks. The majority of the wood is beetle-kill pine sustainably harvested from the Pacific Northwest. The prefabricated timber panels were combined with a spruce glulam post-and-beam frame, all of which sits atop a concrete slab. Related: White Arkitekter wins bid to design Sweden’s tallest timber building The 224,000-square-foot mixed-use building houses office and retail space in a light-filled modern interior that celebrates the timber construction. “The entire timber structure of T3 was left exposed and illuminated with a percentage of the interior lighting directed up to the ceiling,” said Candice Nichol, MGA Associate and T3 Project Lead. At night, “the illuminated wood glows from the exterior similar to a lantern.” + Michael Green Architecture + DLR Group Images via Ema Peter

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BMW, Daimler, Ford, and VW are planning an electric vehicle superhighway in Europe

November 30, 2016 by  
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Four major automakers recently announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe. While electric cars like the new Chevy Bolt are curing some of the range anxiety issues that plagued earlier EVs, there’s still one other issue – charging times. Today it takes about 30 minutes to almost fully charge some electric cars, but BMW , Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen have announced a new partnership that will dramatically cut down that time. The goal for the charging network is to quickly build a sizable number of stations in order to enable long-range travel for electric vehicles, which will make them even more desirable. The idea of a charging network isn’t entirely new, since Tesla and Chargepoint have built similar networks in the U.S., but the big news is how much power these chargers will pack. Related: VW’s new electric car goes further and costs less than the Tesla 3 or Chevy Bolt Today’s DC Fast Chargers max out at 50 kW of power, which can charge an electric car’s battery up to 80 percent in as little as 20 minutes. The new chargers that will comprise this new partnership will pack up to seven times more power at 350 kW, which will significantly drop the amount of time it takes to recharge an electric car to around 10 minutes. The first chargers will arrive in 2017, with an initial target of about 400 charging sites in Europe. By 2020, the plan is to have thousands of high-powered charging points in operation. The announcement doesn’t include any networks outside Europe, like in the U.S., but this summer the White House announced that the Department of Energy is researching the feasibility of 350 kW fast chargers. + Daimler All images © Volkswagen and Daimler

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Stunning Van Gogh-inspired land art springs to life in a Minneapolis meadow

September 24, 2015 by  
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Whitetail Woods Regional Park Gets Three New Elevated Camper Cabins

December 4, 2014 by  
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As part of the grand opening for the new 456-acre park in Dakota County, Minnesota, Whitetail Woods Regional Park also opened three, architect-designed camper cabins . Elevated above the ground and nestled in the trees, these cabins sleep up to six people and offer a unique camping experience. Minneapolis-based firm HGA came up with the plan for the wooden cabins with an aim for them to become coveted spots to rent and enjoy the forest. Looks like it’s time to make our reservations. Read the rest of Whitetail Woods Regional Park Gets Three New Elevated Camper Cabins Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , cabin , cabins , camper cabins , camping , dakota county , eco cabins , eco-travel , green architecture , Green Building , green design , HGA , HGA Architects , Minneapolis , Minnesota , modern cabins , regional park , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , whitetail woods camper cabins , whitetail woods regional park

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First Vegan Butcher Shop in the U.S. Set to Open in Minneapolis

December 2, 2014 by  
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The first vegan butcher shop in the U.S. has just been successfully funded through Kickstarter . The brainchild of dynamic brother-and-sister duo Aubry and Kale Walch, The Herbivorous Butcher will be opening its doors in Minneapolis around April, 2015. After blitzing their Kickstarter goal, the siblings will set up a commercial kitchen and retail shopfront, and best news of all, their delicious-looking vegan ribs, sausages and deli meats will be available for delivery throughout the U.S. Read on for details. Read the rest of First Vegan Butcher Shop in the U.S. Set to Open in Minneapolis Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: farmer’s market , first vegan butcher in the US , food , kickstarter , meat alternatives , Minneapolis , Minnesota , sustainable food , The Herbivorous Butcher , vegan , vegan meats , vegetarian

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Duo-Gard’s Blossoms of Hope Bus Shelter Sprouts in Minneapolis

April 17, 2012 by  
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Incorporating public art into new developments is not a new practice, but one developer in Minneapolis took the idea to the next level, commissioning a bright, vibrant sculpture to be a gateway into the community as well as a public amenity used everyday. Not only does the work, created by local architect and artist  Marjorie Pitz , welcome residents to the community, but it is also a bus shelter located at one of the area’s busiest intersections. Duo-Gard fabricated the ‘Blossoms of Hope’ shelter, which has five 25-feet-tall, ultra-strong steel flowers sprouting through its roof. Read the rest of Duo-Gard’s Blossoms of Hope Bus Shelter Sprouts in Minneapolis Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 5 points plaza , 5 points plaza mn development , 5 points redevelopment , ackerberg group , blossoms of hope , Blossoms of Hope Bus Shelter Minneapolis , Duo-Gard , marjorie pitz , Minneapolis , Minnesota , public art

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Small Firms Driving Minnesota’s Growing Green Economy

January 23, 2012 by  
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During a panel discussion at the State of Green Business Forum in Minneapolis last week, Minnesota's Secretary of State, Pollution Control Agency commissioner and Effect Partners CEO and Founder explored the burgeoning green economy in a state that is known for being one of the most civically engaged in the nation.

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The Successes Possible from a Jigsaw Puzzle Theory of Recycling

January 20, 2012 by  
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At the 2012 State of Green Business Forum in Minneapolis Thursday, Donco's David Mendelson explained how taking the byproduct from one company and matching it to the raw material needs of another can improve one's environmental footprint — and the bottom line.

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