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Continued: A Scandinavian-inspired home offers a taste of Finland in Bryn Mawr

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 21, 2014 - 10:42 AM

Alt is a big fan of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto’s Villa Mairea in Finland, and Alt echoed one of its design motifs in the Goodman-Horn home. The floating wood staircase has railings composed of simple birch dowels of varying heights. “It’s a modern vertical element and a visual cue that guides you up the staircase when you come in,” said Alt.

The sculptural staircase leads to the second floor, where Horn wanted to position the kitchen, dining and living rooms for the best views of the changing seasons through the walls of glass.

Two lounging decks — one facing east and one facing west — are ideal lookouts for gazing at wildlife, the Minneapolis skyline and people coming up the driveway. Alt designed the flat-roofed, 2,100-square-foot dwelling with dark-stained cedar and fiber-cement siding to better blend in with the serene forest setting.

Max especially likes the country feeling, while still being close to all the fun activities of an urban area. “It doesn’t seem like we’re living in the city,” said Max, who takes their dogs Finn and Sadie to romp in the woods right out the front door. “But in five minutes you can be in downtown Minneapolis.”

After a long day at FinnStyle, Horn can come home and unwind in his personal piece of Finland. And Goodman has slowly warmed up to the modern aesthetic.

“It makes him so happy, that it’s a joyful place,” she said. “It’s been an easy compromise late in life.”


Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619

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