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Family Retreat / Salmela Architect

  • Architects: Salmela Architect
  • Location: Herbster, WI 54844, USA
  • Principal Architect: David Salmela FAIA
  • Project Architect: David Getty
  • Area: 1280.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Paul Crosby

© Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby

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

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

Koosmann Residence / Salmela Architect

  • Architects: Salmela Architect
  • Location: Minnesota, USA
  • Principal Architect: David Salmela, FAIA
  • Project Architect: Malini Srivastava, AIA
  • General Contractor: Streeter & Associates
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Paul Crosby

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9 Architects Reflect on the Homes That Most Inspired Them

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

  • Architects: Salmela Architect
  • 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: Paul Crosby

Rierson-Salmons Cabin / Salmela Architect

© David Getty
© David Getty
  • Architects: Salmela Architect
  • 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 © David Getty

Salmela House / Salmela Architect

  • Architects: Salmela Architect
  • Location: Duluth, Minnesota, United States
  • Principal Architect: David Salmela
  • Builder: Rod&SonsCarpentry
  • Area: 3000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Paul Crosby, Peter Kerze

© Paul Crosby © Peter Kerze © Peter Kerze © Peter Kerze

Bagley Outdoor / Salmela Architect

  • Architects: Salmela Architect
  • 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: Paul Crosby

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AIA Selects the 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

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

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.