We hoped for a refuge from the world for part of our day, a place where we could enjoy nature and the beauty of man’s creativeness in harmony with nature. We wanted a home that by virtue of its character would help us and our children be dissatisfied with the ordinary. Dr. Paul Olfelt, original owner
THE OLFELT HOUSE
Thrilled to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright home and enamored of its unique qualities, the new owners are committed to an update that respects the original design and intent of the 1960 Olfelt House. The great room, entrance, and original master bedroom are to be fully restored, including all the custom millwork, floors and lighting, the wood wall paneling and furniture. Starting with Wright's site plan showing a future wing, thread collective's philosophy was to create an addition that is consistent with the design logic and distinctive characteristics of the Olfelt House and takes a position of deference to the original structure.
It features one of his great rooms with a stunning wall of wood-framed windows that offers a view over a swamp. And the built-in dining table is cleverly designed. The sloping roof over the carport is visually arresting, and the entry to the house incorporates Wright’s characteristic low hall opening to the large room - a spatial experience architects call “compression-release.” Linda Mack, former Star Tribune architecture reporter and critic
thread collective was founded to support the collaborative interplay between architecture and its site, seeing landscape as an integral part of the overall design. A multidisciplinary practice, with architecture, landscape, planning, and sustainability expertise working together seamlessly, thread has the creativity and experience to produce compelling, successful projects. Our projects range from ground up architecture to urban and landscape design, working from an extensive knowledge base with over 20 years of practice. ©2019 seamless architecture / thread collective; all rights reserved.