Synopses & Reviews
Salmela Architect provides an in-depth look at one of America's leading "critical regionalist" architects. Salmela's buildings resolve a central question of our time: how to balance the various extreme positions that characterize contemporary architecture and culture. Salmela accomplishes this by juxtaposing opposites: modernist and traditional forms, open and cellular plans, large and small scales, familiar elements used in unfamiliar ways. His projects range from a small stand-alone sauna to commercial spaces visited by thousands of people, and his buildings, mostly situated in the upper Midwest, have become nationally and internationally known. Salmela Architect showcases twenty-six completed buildings and sixteen current projects in lavish color photographs and architectural drawings, enabling readers to get a full sense of the practicality, ethnicity, and playfulness apparent in David Salmela's work. Architecture critic Thomas Fisher explores Salmela's propensity to draw from regional roots as he creates designs particular to individual places and cultures yet with universal appeal. Fisher illuminates this synchronicity with projects as prominent as the Gooseberry Falls Visitors Center and Wild Rice Restaurant as well as residential projects including the acclaimed Jackson Meadow community and photographer Jim Brandenburg's Ravenwood Studio.
A stunning and informative portrait of one of today's most honored architects.
About the Author
Thomas Fisher is dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota. He is the former editor of Progressive Architecture magazine and is the author of In the Scheme of Things (Minnesota, 2000).David Salmela is a self-trained architect practicing in Duluth, Minnesota. Since 1985 his projects have won fourteen Minnesota AIA Honor Awards and sixteen national level awards including a National AIA Honor Award for Architecture.
Table of Contents
Contents Preface David Salmela IntroductionEmbracing Opposites Brandenburg's Ravenwood StudioQuantum Evolution Emerson Residence and SaunaWithin and Without Wild Rice RestaurantSameness and Difference Albrecht ResidenceTrue and False Scott-Kerze Cabin and SaunaReality and Illusion Jackson MeadowAn Uncommon Commons Jones FarmsteadSpace and Time Koehler RetreatFrames and Framing Gooseberry Falls State Park Visitors CenterThe Elements of Nature Smith ResidenceWholes and Parts Loken ResidenceBodies and Buildings Hanson RetreatHumans and Nature Lutz ResidenceArchitecture and Jazz Carlson Residence and OutbuildingsSymmetry and Asymmetry Webster ResidenceWeather and Weathering Wick Studio and ResidenceLiving and Working Thompson ResidenceFacts and Fiction Unger-Sonnerup ResidenceArcadia and Utopia Mora Vasaloppet Nordic Ski CenterRecreation and Re-creation Holmes FarmsteadAdaptation and Complexity Holmes ResidenceSize and Scale Leake WorkshopCar and House Aas ResidenceBoundaries and Overlaps Salmela ResidenceMotion and Stasis Wilson ResidenceMedia and Architecture Works in Progress Mayo WoodlandsThe Biomorphic and the Organic Penhoet RetreatCabin and Camp Anderson ResidenceCenter and Re-center Arvold ResidenceJogging Baumgarten DevelopmentType and Variant Bolen ResidenceApart and a Part Cable Natural History Museum Intern HousingCommon House Chesley StudioTricks of Perspective Cotruvo ResidenceStreamlined Nature Driscoll CabinCabin Culture Gernander-Burke ResidenceMajor and Minor Golob-Freeman CabinWater and Wall Keel CabinKeel Over Matthew CabinLayers and Layering Streeter ResidenceThe Modern Box Tofte-Broberg CottageNew and Old Building Credits