Award: 2011 ROMA Award
Category: Basement Under 1,000 Square Feet
Honoree: Finished Basement Company, Maple Grove
A raw, unfinished lower level became a combination studio, gallery, and office for an artist’s home in Minnetonka. Finished Basement Company created a curve-filled space inspired by a wall hanging (at right, nearest the inside corner) made by the artist. The dramatic, interlocking circles on the ceiling were built on the floor out of plywood and framing, and then lifted into place; they also serve to hide heating and cooling equipment and structural beams. The entrance area features curved walls fitted with flat doors, which required creative trim work. Because the space serves as both a studio and a place to have public showings, it was designed with a large closet in which materials could be easily put away.