RAVE Awards: Honoring Architecture

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From wide-open prairies to dense northern woods, from cities abuzz with activity to country escapes with an enduring calm, our regional landscape stitches together like a rich tapestry. It’s a beauty reflected in how we live—and in our architecture. Where else can you find homes that celebrate the agrarian roots of a farmstead, sensitively meld into a stunning lakeshore, or soar to new heights without adding even one square foot? Right here, thanks to local architects who balance style, sustainability, and every bright idea under the sun. And Mpls.St.Paul Home & Design is proud to honor their talents with the 17th annual Residential Architects Vision & Excellence (RAVE) Awards.

Scenic Overlook

2020 Winner: Snow Kreilich Architects

New Home, More Than 3,500 Square Feet | Marquette, Michigan

Memorable summers spent on the shores of Lake Superior on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula drove the design of a family home for multiple generations—and memories to come. Two intersecting spans balance on a rocky promontory, jutting both toward the water and into the woods. Stone, blackened wood, and glass make up the bulk of the restrained palette, quietly connecting indoors and out. “The home defines transparency, not only in the literal/material sense but in the structure, form, and function,” a judge said. “There is an undeniable stillness to this place that allows for a sublime existence within the landscape. The building’s pure geometry contrasts with its surroundings in a way that marks the landscape, heightening its textures.” 

The Snow Kreilich Architects Team: Julie Snow, FAIA ; Matthew Kreilich, FAIA; Tyson McElvain, AIA, LEED AP, CCCA  // Interior Designer: Snow Kreilich Architects  // Builder: Gregg H Seiple Construction in collaboration with Hall Contracting

Agrarian Modern

2020 Winner: D/O Architects

New Home, Less Than 2,000 Square Feet | Glenwood city, Wisconsin

The vernacular of a historic farmstead informed the elegantly simple design of this home in the Driftless Area of western Wisconsin. Part of Everwood Farmstead Foundation, an agrarian arts center that includes a barn dating to the 1850s, the design beautifully balances what may seem like two entirely different styles and scenarios. The clean-lined yet comfortable result—with interiors painted white and filled with warm wood floors and architecture details—befits the countryside as much as the collection of art. “A clear linear organization and massing of this home celebrate the agrarian heritage of the site,” one judge said. Another noted that the home’s orientation and play “follow sound passive solar principles, which will help with the energy performance of the home.” 

The D/O Architects Team: John Dwyer, AIA; Colin Oglesbay, Associate AIA; Edward R. Eichten, AIA; Aaron McCauley-Aburto, AIA // Interior designer: Snow Kreilich Architects // Builder: Lee Theorin

Reinvention and Respect

2020 Winner: CityDeskStudio

Remodel/Addition, More Than 3,500 Square Feet | Excelsior

Built in 1857 as a school before serving for years as a boarding house, this building, affectionately known as “The Beehive,” is believed to be the oldest structure in Excelsior. Now with three residential units—the largest on the main floor, with one unit above and one below—it’s been transformed with a modern expansion off the back. The architectural team worked closely with Excelsior’s Heritage Preservation Commission on this update, which…



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