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Family Retreat / Salmela Architect

14:00 - 10 March, 2015
Family Retreat / Salmela Architect, © Paul Crosby
© Paul Crosby
  • Architects

  • Location

    Herbster, WI 54844, USA
  • Principal Architect

    David Salmela FAIA
  • Project Architect

    David Getty
  • Area

    1280.0 ft2
  • Photographs

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Big Ideas, Small Buildings: Some of Architecture's Best, Tiny Projects

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
Big Ideas, Small Buildings: Some of Architecture's Best, Tiny Projects, Suzuko Yamada, Pillar House, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan/TASCHEN
Suzuko Yamada, Pillar House, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan/TASCHEN

This post was originally published in The Architectural Review as "Size Doesn't Matter: Big Ideas for Small Buildings."

Taschen’s latest volume draws together the architectural underdogs that, despite their minute, whimsical forms, are setting bold new trends for design.

When economies falter and construction halts, what happens to architecture? Rather than indulgent, personal projects, the need for small and perfectly formed spaces is becoming an economic necessity, pushing designers to go further with less. In their new volume Small: Architecture Now!, Taschen have drawn together the teahouses, cabins, saunas and dollhouses that set the trends for the small, sensitive and sustainable, with designers ranging from Pritzker Laureate Shigeru Ban to emerging young practices.

Terunobu Fujimori, Beetle's House, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London/TASCHEN Jorge Gracia, Endémico Resguardo Silvestre, Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, Mexico. Image © Undine Pröhl/TASCHEN Kota Mizuishi, Riverside House Suginami, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Hiroshi Tanigawa/TASCHEN Olson Kundig, Delta Shelter, Mazama, Washington, USA. Image © Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects/TASCHEN +14

Koosmann Residence / Salmela Architect

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
Koosmann Residence / Salmela Architect, © Paul Crosby
© Paul Crosby
  • Architects

  • Location

    Minnesota, USA
  • Principal Architect

    David Salmela, FAIA
  • Project Architect

    Malini Srivastava, AIA
  • General Contractor

    Streeter & Associates
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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9 Architects Reflect on the Homes That Most Inspired Them

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
The homes that inspire architects.
The homes that inspire architects.

Where do you receive inspiration? Nalina Moses asked the question to nine contemporary residential architects, asking each to choose one residence that had left an impression on them. The following answers were first published on the AIA’s website in the article “Homing Instinct."

When nine accomplished residential architects were asked to pick a house—any house—that has left the greatest impression on them as designers, most of their choices ran succinctly along the canon of American or European Modern architecture. Two—Alvar Aalto’s Villa Mairea and Pierre Chareau’s La Maison de Verre—were even tapped twice. 

If the houses these designers chose weren’t surprising, the reasons they chose them were. Rather than groundbreaking style or technologies, what they cited were the moments of comfort, excitement, and refinement they offered: the restful proportions of a bedroom, the feel of a crafted wood handrail, an ocean view unfolding beyond an outdoor stair.

Izzy’s Ice Cream Kitchen & Retail Shop / Salmela Architect

01:00 - 5 November, 2013
Izzy’s Ice Cream Kitchen & Retail Shop / Salmela Architect, © Paul Crosby
© Paul Crosby
  • Architects

  • Location

    1100 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    David Salmela
  • Design Team

    David Salmela, Malini Srivastava, David Getty, Stephanie Getty.
  • Project Architect

    Malini Srivastava
  • Area

    7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Rierson-Salmons Cabin / Salmela Architect

01:00 - 2 November, 2013
© David Getty
© David Getty
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tofte, Minnesota, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    David D. Salmela
  • Project Architect

    Malini Srivastava
  • Builder

    Rod & Sons Carpentry
  • Area

    1372.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© David Getty © David Getty © David Getty © David Getty +26

Salmela House / Salmela Architect

01:00 - 30 October, 2013
Salmela House / Salmela Architect, © Paul Crosby
© Paul Crosby
  • Architects

  • Location

    Duluth, Minnesota, United States
  • Principal Architect

    David Salmela
  • Builder

    Rod&SonsCarpentry
  • Area

    3000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Paul Crosby © Peter Kerze © Peter Kerze © Peter Kerze +15

Hall House / Salmela Architect

01:00 - 27 October, 2013
Hall House / Salmela Architect, © Paul Crosby
© Paul Crosby
  • Architects

  • Location

    Duluth, MN, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    David Salmela
  • Project Architect

    Malini Srivastava
  • Builder

    Rod & Sons Carpentry
  • Structural Engineering

    Meyer Borgman & Johnson
  • Area

    2424.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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Bagley Outdoor / Salmela Architect

01:00 - 24 October, 2013
Bagley Outdoor / Salmela Architect, © Paul Crosby
© Paul Crosby
  • Architects

  • Location

    University of Minnesota Duluth, 1049 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    David D. Salmela
  • Area

    1995.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

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Yingst Retreat / Salmela Architect

01:00 - 10 May, 2013
© Undine Prohl
© Undine Prohl

© Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Undine Prohl +25

Streeter Residence / Salmela Architect

01:00 - 25 January, 2013
Streeter Residence / Salmela Architect, © Peter Bastianelli Kerze
© Peter Bastianelli Kerze

© Peter Bastianelli Kerze © Peter Bastianelli Kerze © Peter Bastianelli Kerze © Peter Bastianelli Kerze +31

AIA Selects the 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

13:00 - 24 April, 2012
University of Minnesota Duluth – Bagley Classroom Building / Salmela Architect © Paul Crosby
University of Minnesota Duluth – Bagley Classroom Building / Salmela Architect © Paul Crosby

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions. Now in its 16th year, the COTE Top Ten Green Projects program is one of the profession’s best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence.

The highlighted projects are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. They have made a positive contribution to their communities, improved comfort for building occupants and reduced environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality.

All the projects will be honored at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition, next month in Washington, D.C. Continue after the break to review the top ten green projects.

AIA 2011 Small Project Awards

15:00 - 30 May, 2011
Tea House / David Jameson Architect, © Paul Warchol Photography
Tea House / David Jameson Architect, © Paul Warchol Photography

The eight winners of the 2011 Small Project Awards were recently announced by the AIA. In its eighth year the program focuses on highlighting good design at any scale. The jurors for this year included: Deborah Pierce, Obie G. Bowman, Randy Brown, Lance Hosey, and Wendy Evans Joseph.

A complete list of winners following the break.