Minneapolis, MN. 2013
13,200 SF. Historic office renovation.
Agosto is a high-tech IT consulting firm working with cutting edge implementation of "The Cloud." Located in the Ford Center in downtown Minneapolis, Agosto needed to make a powerful statement displaying the office of the future, with the possibility of wireless connections and an internet-based office.
Collage worked with Agosto's vision of a high tech "clean" office that has an ethereal "cloud-like" quality with a highly modern emphasis.
Collage incorporated a high degree of openness and connections, while creating functional separation, and multiple areas for spontaneous collaboration.
We worked as part of the design team to re-envision the White Bear Lake waterfront at the confluence of a series of suburban style shopping malls. The team planned a new network of roads and paths to link the site to the rest of the community.
We provided architectural solutions to parking scenarios, new commercial orientations, and housing locations and typologies to maximize the site's potential. This effort included working with many current landowners to solve property design and access issues in a comprehensive phased pan.
The overall scope of the project included $15 million in 122,000 SF of retail, office, and residential uses in addition to a centralized parking facility.
The St. Germain Foundation of MN needed a new home along the bluffs of the Mississippi in Saint Paul.
Our temple design uses light, visual balance, and soaring features to express the uplifting presence of this distinct religions group. Windows within the worship spaces provide views of the river while allowing natural light to fill the spaces.
A 900 acre residential development located on a plateau above the historic river town of Carver. Essentially a peninsula defined on the edges by Carver Creek and a natural ravine through which the creek flows, the plateau is characterized by distant views and dramatic bluffs which surround the site. Carver Creek skirts the northeast edge of the property, connecting to the Minnesota River about a mile to the east.
The site's natural beauty and great connections to the landscape and the existing town, Carver Creek and the Minnesota River Valley Nature Preserve are an asset that deserved highlighting and preserving.
The development will capture the best attributes of the land and connect them through an integrated network of trails and parks to create a unique residential development featuring ideally situated home sites within a short walk of the park's overall trail system.
Ramsey Town Center incorporates 320 acres of new growth in a third ring suburban location. The plan consists of mid to high-density housing, retail, office, medical, and civic uses totaling approximately $900 million of construction.
As part of the design team, we established the infrastructure and design of the public realm using an integrated park system to define the community. Ramsey Town Center has been recognized and awarded locally and nationally by design and business organizations.
This project is an excellent example of laying carefully planned groundwork for a town center that will grow over time. Collage has been involved with subsequent residential and commercial design within the area that is slowly taking shape.
205 Otis is a blend of two building types nestled into an established neighborhood along the Mississippi River corridor in Saint Paul. Six units of tuck under row houses are combined with six condominiums ranging from 1,750-2,500 SF.
The condominiums feature one-story living with windows on all sides and direct elevator access; the row houses are two-story homes, each with a great room and deck.
The multiple award-winning Ames Lake project on the East Side of Saint Paul involved significant work with the community, along with multiple public finance sources, in an ambitious renovation plus new construction housing overhaul.
The design selectively demolished buildings to create open spaces and define distinct neighborhood groupings. Each cluster developed its own attributes following a full exterior modification that allowed architectural expression to shape its individual characteristics.
Newly constructed row houses and a community center were incorporated at the heart of the village with both renewed interior and exterior infrastructure and a fresh sense of identity.
This transit-oriented development, consisting of two, four-story buildings, is a modern, energy-efficient style reflective of recent developments along the Hiawatha LRT, but will be accessible to households with a range of income including 103 new workforce housing units. This community asset also hosts 11 supportive housing units for long-term homeless households living with HIV/AIDS.
Corcoran Triangle transforms its parcel from the least desirable site use – vacant, blighted land – to the most desirable use: high quality and innovative housing for a variety of residents. The close proximity to LRT and bus transit, as well as the nearby Midtown Farmer's Market, the YWCA, and ready access to may jobs, make this an ideal transit-oriented development. A new private street bisecting the site reconnects the neighborhood grid and draws residents to nearby amenities.
The perfect example of how smart design can create big solutions on a tiny urban infill lot. On a compact lot of only 3/4 of an acre, this transit-oriented project provides 64 units of modern, affordable senior housing and 5,750 SF of retail located steps from the Lake Street Midtown Light Rail Station in Minneapolis.
Using height to its advantage. Hi-Lake rises five stories above Lake Street, with prime retail frontage along the busy avenue and a new public plaza.
A private, elevated deck area improves the connectivity with the light rail station., Lake Street, and the retail uses, allowing for a truly dynamic, transit-oriented standard of living. Design considerations focused on accommodating a wide variety of users while creating a marquee presence with an affordable housing budget.
River Bluff Townhomes consists of 36 affordable units in two distinctly different building types in West Bend, Wisconsin. This redevelopment is located on a sloping, former brown-field site between an established residential neighborhood and the historic downtown.
A contemporary composition of traditional forms creates a pedestrian-friendly street that reflects the neighborhood on one side. The modern rectangular forms of the second building type reflect the downtown character and create landscaped courtyards that open to the adjacent river and regional bike trail.
The design knits together two parts of the community and reestablishes a traditional street, while providing affordable housing with distinction.
A 32-unit senior cooperative located in one of Saint Paul's most historic neighborhoods. A newly-constructed building was added to the beautifully renovated historic building located on the property to create the perfect blend of "old" and "new."
We worked closely with Ramsey Hill community representatives, the city, and the Heritage Preservation Committee to design a building fitting of the area's historic status, and the existing neighborhood.
The cooperative units incorporate aspects of senior living with more communal spaces, while still providing excellent for sale housing types ranging from affordable units up to high-income units.