Residential Design

VOL.3 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Several years ago, on a design editors' winter trip to tour a win- dow factory in Warroad, Minn., my colleagues and I hijacked our van driver and demanded he drive us to the Canadian border. We weren't trying to escape the country at the time, but we were on a special mission: We had to go see the U.S. Land Port of Entry building designed by Snow Kreilich Architects. The quiet, strong, beautiful building had bewitched us in pho- tographs, and it felt very much like a pilgrimage to go see it in person. Traveling due north on the desolate road to the border made it seem like we were headed to the ends of the earth. If we were indeed at the top of the world, this building was a worthy last stop on our way to oblivion. This year, the Minneapolis-based firm has won the na- tional recognition it deserves—the 2018 AIA Firm of the Year award. No matter what the building type or scale design prin- cipals Julie Snow, FAIA, Matthew Kreilich, FAIA, and their firm take on, they do so with impeccable care and sensibility. As a result, their work is powerful, resonant, solid, and re- markably human. Free of flourish, it is nonetheless gorgeously wrought and, we can rest assured, aesthetically durable— like that perfect strand of natural pearls. Snow Kreilich hasn't specialized in residential architec- ture, but somehow it's a natural fit for their talents and the work keeps coming in—even more so these days and since Julie's own serenely iconic home, Weekend House on Lake Superior, captured everyone's imagination. Whether the residential project is on a densely urban lot or an expansively scenic site, the attention paid is at the same high level. The 47 VOL. 3, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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