Monday, March 11, 2013

New Modern Farmhouse Design Completed

Ron Brenner Architects has completed design work on this new modern farmhouse to be constructed in Afton, Minnesota.  The design features an open floor plan with a main floor master suite and four additional bedrooms on the upper floor.  An above garage bonus room provides for informal family gathering and activity space.  Hendel Homes of Wayzata, Minnesota has been selected to construct the home.

Birds Eye View.  A double gable roof form dominates the design with a wrap around front porch highlighting the front entry.  The main floor master bedroom suite quietly sits off to the left side.
Birds eye view 2.  A diagonal pathway connects the guest parking circle to the front entry porch.
View from driveway approach.
View from front.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Exterior Transformation - Wabasha Hi Rise

We recently added a page to our website for this Exterior Modernization project.  You can check out that page and view an exterior animation at  Wabasha Hi Rise Modernization 

The project was performed by Ron Brenner Architects in collaboration with PDI Design Group in Minneapolis.  Our clients goal (The Saint Paul Public Housing Authority) was to create a facade that would be more complementary to its adjacent headquarters and other neighbors in the Minnesota State Capital Mall District. 

"before" - 1960's brick and concrete modern structure is in stark contrast with the adjacent Minnesota State Office Building

"after"  - proposed redesign complements it's neighbor through its use of vertical pilasters and glazing patterns, horizontal banding and compatible materials and colors

birdseye view

street level view

You can see more images and an animation at  Wabasha Hi Rise Modernization 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Houses in Progress

Recently I took a drive around one particular neighborhood where I have a number of houses in various states of construction.  After quite a drought in the construction industry it sure is nice to see my work in progress.  I took some snapshots and thought I'd  pass them along.
Comfy Cottage
Construction by Main Street Builders

A Farmhouse Revisited
Construction by Owner

A Euro Style Redux
Construction by Norton Homes

Colorful Cape with a modern twist
Construction by Owner

Classic Greek Revival
Construction by Hendel Homes

A Modern Country Home
Construction by Main Street Builders

Monday, August 13, 2012

Dream Island Update

A few days ago I posted a story about the "Dream Island" Welcome Center project we are working on.  I just thought I would pass on an updated rendering of the preliminary design.  See below.

The glass angles outwards from bottom to top as it moves along it's curved path.  V-Columns support the floating roof.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New Welcome Center is a Dream

Ron Brenner Architects is collaborating with PDI Design Group to create a new welcome center at "Dream Island" outside of Baku, Azerbaijan, near the Caspian Sea.  "Dream Island" is the first golf resort development in Azerbaijan and will include an 18 hole Pete Dye signature golf course, 1200 residential dwellings and a commercial center with retail, entertainment, hotel and office space.

The welcome center includes a fine restaurant, sales and marketing offices, and serves as a temporary clubhouse with golf pro shop and locker rooms.  Below are a couple views of the preliminary design.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Model Home Design

We have recently completed drawings for  for a new home to be built in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.  The home will serve as a model for Norton Homes in the Tapestry at Charlotte's Grove neighborhood.

birds eye view from front
side load vehicle entry and an integrated roof line diminishes the impact of a 3 car garage

street level view
the design carves out 4 second floor bedrooms beneath dramatic hip roof lines