Client

Tom and Brenda Guyer

Location

Minneapolis

Budget

Under $35k

Timeline

Six months from design to installation and fabrication.

Completion Date

08/01/2010

Materials

Clay bricks
Concrete
Cedar
Japanese spurge
Little Bluestem
Pagoda Dogwood

The interior of this 70s style modern home had been updated in a gentle minimalist style that is very open. Glass and white everywhere make the spaces feel much larger than they are.

RO/LU was hired to create a space that was in dialogue with the interior that utilized some of the existing materials in new ways. We almost always propose creating layers when working with small sites as a way to break apart spaces and create outdoor “rooms.”

In this case, clay bricks and wood are used as weighted contrasts to concrete. Plants act as textural room dividers creating 4 distinct zones. The large imposing wall in the back of the site becomes an asset with half a pergola that gives it a visual purpose.

We like to say: simplicity comes after complexity, not before it.

Landscapes and Environments

Brenda
and Tom

A 70s modern house on a very small lot near Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis gets an updated exterior. Elegant materials and layers make the site into several different rooms.

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There’s confusion and time
and place and meaning
and love and gravity and
trust — and it is messy.