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Dezeen – January 2022

Japanese architecture informs design of Minnesota house by Salmela Architect

Jenna McKnight | 8 January 2022

A cluster of wood-clad buildings surround a central courtyard at this Minnesota residence by US firm Salmela Architect that was designed for clients who formerly lived in Japan.

The project, called Fifty-Acre Wood, is located in Stillwater – a historic town located along the St Croix River, just beyond Minneapolis. The house rests on a fifty-acre (20-hectare) parcel, the majority of which the clients granted to the Minnesota Land Trust for permanent conservation.

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Dezeen – May 2021

Salmela designs Electric Bungalow in Minnesota for architecture professor

Jenna McKnight | 2 May 2021

American firm Salmela Architect has designed a solar-powered urban-infill house that is meant to demonstrate a new way forward for single-family housing.

Called Electric Bungalow, the project in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was designed for Thomas Fisher, a longtime architecture professor at the University of Minnesota, and his wife, Claudia Wielgorecki.

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AIA Minnesota – December 2020

Project name: Electric Bungalow

Commendation for Excellence in Design for Energy

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

Client: Thomas Fisher and Claudia Wielgorecki

Firm of record: Salmela Architect

Project partners: Meyer Borgman Johnson (Structural Engineering); Cates Fine Homes (Contractor)

Photo credit: Corey Gaffer

This is a three-bedroom, solar-powered, aging-in-place, environmentally friendly modern house with enough flexibility of form and fenestration to adapt to any lot. In other words, it aims to model a sustainable future for urban neighborhoods.

The jury highlighted this project’s exemplary job fusing sustainability with design, with a focus on reducing the project’s embodied carbon. They also appreciate the whimsical yet intentional fenestration, and detailing that feels modern yet respects the home’s residential context.

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