The Pattern Home
The Bryn Mawr neighborhood is an enclave of eclectic cottages in sight of the glassy skyline of Minneapolis. Each home in this little community possesses a unique personality that reflects the early 1900s City Beautiful period of Midwestern architecture. The Pattern Home residence was no exception: the original Dutch colonial home was small and charming, with brick details and modest massing. It had, however, been badly neglected over the years—until Shelter Architecture was commissioned to renovate and rebuild a poorly constructed rear addition from the 1970’s.
Shelter maintained the original cottage front and footprint of the home and salvaged the original brick-clad foundation in the back, while transforming the addition into a modern gallery for its new owners’ large art and photography collection. Shelter worked to celebrate the historic details of the old house without limiting the modern goals of the client. By abstracting the pattern of original brick, the firm was able to create a graphically-rich skin that allows for flexible window placement, frames unique views of the surrounding urban landscape, and provides wall space for art.
The newly renovated kitchen, TV room, bathroom, master suite, and photo studio provide for artistic display within bright white spaces. The interior wall space features a permanent, flexible museum-quality display system embedded in the aluminum crown molding. Inside sliding doors are printed with modern art, LED lighting activates the spaces, and a beautiful polycarbonate clerestory creates perfect gallery-style daylighting in what was once a dark and dilapidated cottage. With this addition, Shelter pays respect to the original architecture, while creating a new playful modernist home.