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Rapson/Redux

Remodel Less Than 800 Square Feet

SALA ARCHITECTS, INC.

David O'Brien Wagner, AIA, and Jared Banks, AIA


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David O'Brien Wagner, AIA, and Jared Banks, AIA

Design Intent/Solution

This 1960s-era International Style house was designed by the late Ralph Rapson, FAIA. Sensitive to the home’s architectural significance, the clients wanted to integrate the interior spaces with the Japanese garden and create more space for entertaining and their extensive collection of art and architecture books. The architects designed a new garage with a narrow glass link to the house, thus creating a new exterior garden space and allowing the new light-filled library to inhabit the footprint of the old garage. Western red cedar boards pay homage to Rapson’s original tongue-and-groove redwood siding.

Judges’ Comments

The sensitivity of the massing, the use of materials, and the use of geometry and fenestration all speak to respect for the original structure without compromising the sense of freshness in the new design. Exemplary details include the separation between the original building and the addition, the new roof over the library, the simple juxtaposition of careful wood detailing, wood siding, and white walls, and the new connection between the interior and the exterior.

SALA ARCHITECTS, INC.

326 E. Hennepin Ave. #200
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3037 | www.salaarc.com


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