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Workspace: Peterssen/Keller Architecture, Minneapolis

Workspace: Peterssen/Keller Architecture, Minneapolis

  • Peterssen/Keller Architecture chose a two-story storefront near high-end residential neighborhoods. The walkable area is also located near a lake.

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    Peterssen/Keller Architecture chose a two-story storefront near high-end residential neighborhoods. The walkable area is also located near a lake.

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    Peterssen/Keller Architecture chose a two-story storefront near high-end residential neighborhoods. The walkable area is also located near a lake.

  • The residential-like waiting area near the front is a nod to the firm's focus.

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    The residential-like waiting area near the front is a nod to the firm's focus.

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    The residential-like waiting area near the front is a nod to the firm's focus.

  • Though the waiting area is designed for guests, partners and associates alike use the it to relax and listen to music.

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    Though the waiting area is designed for guests, partners and associates alike use the it to relax and listen to music.

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    Though the waiting area is designed for guests, partners and associates alike use the it to relax and listen to music.

  • DIY red-cord fixtures add a splash of color, while the firm installed a rotating gallery of for-sale original photographs and prints by local artists.

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    DIY red-cord fixtures add a splash of color, while the firm installed a rotating gallery of for-sale original photographs and prints by local artists.

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    DIY red-cord fixtures add a splash of color, while the firm installed a rotating gallery of for-sale original photographs and prints by local artists.

  • The architects covered the front desk in wood salvaged from the interior of a grain silo.

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    The architects covered the front desk in wood salvaged from the interior of a grain silo.

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    The architects covered the front desk in wood salvaged from the interior of a grain silo.

Gabriel Keller and Lars Peterssen, AIA, started their residential-focused firm just less than three years ago, renting space from Elness Swenson Graham Architects. The next stop for Peterssen/Keller Architecture was this—the firm’s own 2,000-square-foot space. “We knew we wanted to be in Uptown because of the potential for work,” Keller explains, referring to the affluent residential neighborhoods nearby.

Once a warren of rooms with a drop ceiling and firebrick everywhere, the office now showcases exposed steel columns, a renovated kitchen, and a terrazzo floor. At the entrance, the partners designed a comfortable, relaxing area “with a nice residential feel,” Keller says. Translucent panels separate some of the areas, red cord fixtures articulate the space, and wood recovered from a grain silo’s interior adds rustic warmth.