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The Invisible Element of Place The Architecture of David Salmela


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“Even though it’s bold, it doesn’t shout at you,” David Salmela says of the silvery house he designed for a woodsy setting in Deephaven, Minnesota. “It’s not a barking dog. It’s a resting, very gentle animal.” The American Institute of Architects, conferring its 2008 Housing Award, was more direct: the house was, in the words of the jury, “brilliantly designed.” The Streeter house is just one of fifty-one notable projects by Minnesota architect Salmela featured in The Invisible Element of Place.

Thomas Fisher explores both the beauty and the practicality of Salmela’s award-winning designs—and offers insight into how an architectural firm as small and remote as Salmela’s has been able to produce such consistently remarkable and internationally recognized results. Profiling such building projects as Jackson Meadow, a conservation community that has become a nationwide model; the Hawks Boot Factory, Zamzow house, and Bagley Nature Pavilion, which emphasize green building, solar power, and the use of natural light; and the Chrismer, Koch, Fiore, Roland, Ramberg, and Grams cabins, meshing clients’ particular needs and the land’s peculiar constraints, this book provides a rare vision of architectural design.

Gorgeous images from one of the nation’s most unique architectural photographers showcase how Salmela’s designs work in concert with individual wishes, environmental concerns, and artistic understanding, and his breathtaking buildings reflect the Midwest’s culture, history, and, ideally, its future.

Book News Annotation:

Fisher (architecture, U. of Minnesota) offers commentary to accompany photos of 50 projects created by the firm headed by David Salmela (Salmela Architect), located in Duluth, Minnesota. Each project is showcased in full page and smaller photos, along with plans. Most are private houses or cabins located in Minnesota or Wisconsin. The end matter includes an impressive list of the firm's awards since 1985, as well as details of each project's design and construction team. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


Breathtaking designs by one of the leading residential architects in the United States.

About the Author

Thomas Fisher is professor and dean at the College of Design, University of Minnesota. He is the author of Salmela Architect (Minnesota, 2005) and In the Scheme of Things: Alternative Thinking on the Practice of Architecture (Minnesota, 2000). Peter Bastianelli-Kerzes architectural photographs have been published in more than a dozen books as well as in numerous magazines, such as Abitare, Architecture, Architectural Record, and Architectural Review.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Invisible Made Visible


Streeter House: Father and Son

Hawks Boot Factory: As Green As It Gets

Chrismer Cabin: The Zen of Nature

Ryan Retreat: Artist Lofts

Streeter Job Site Trailer: Trailer Talk

Streeter Model Home: Hybrid House

Bagley Nature Pavilion: Back to Nature

Krause Cabin: All in the Family

Hyytinen Cabin: Finnish Fit

Singleton Hill House: On Difficult Ground

Frykholm/Phillips House: Raising the Bar

Zamzow House: Solar Architecture

Cafesjian Tower: High Light

Koch Cabin: A Room with a View


Keel Cabin: Five Points of a New Architecture

Anderson House: Wonderland

Deloia House: Tracings

Arvold House: Health and Home

Ryan Cabin: Extended Family

Johnson Hedlund House: Double Cantilever

Anderson Landscape and Sauna: Out-of-Doors

Holmes Prototype Cabin: Contractor-Friendly Cabin

Fiore Cabin: Lifes Asymmetries

Jorgenson Sundquist House: Living with Less

Country House: Rural Geometry


Golob Freeman Cabin: Strangely Familiar

Matthew Cabin: Client Confidence

Yingst Retreat and Pavilion: The Uses of Enchantment

Schifman House: Drama on the Lake

Odeh House: Out of the Box


Roland Cabins: Reducing Our Footprint

Cotruvo House: This World So Many Have Left

Johnson Cabin: Family Heirloom

Grams Cabin: The Lake in Your Lap

Brogan House: Up from the Ashes

Taylor Whitehill Cabin: Incremental Living

Nelson House: Owner Built

Ramberg Cabin: Trail Blazing


Clure Project: Compound Interest

Salmela House: Live/Work/Play

Jackson Meadow: Game Theory

Goldner House: Semblance of a Whole

Winton House: Scandinavian Immigrant Abstraction

Model 6 and 7: Model Modesty

Ireland Retreat: Irish Cream

Bodin Development: Small-town Urbanity

Depot Hill Equestrian Community: Well Bred

Stoney Lonesome Farm: Growing Community

Frances Graham Equestrian Center: Living with Horses

Dorsey Creek Ranch: Fly In


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Product Details

Fisher, Thomas
University of Minnesota Press
Bastianelli-Kerze, Peter
Bastianelli-Kerze, Peter
Individual Architect
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