Edina, Minnesota, United States
Minneapolis-based architectural firm TEA2 Architects worked alongside James Steele Construction to create a custom Italianate Villa in Edina, Minnesota. One of the highlights of the residence is the substantial 27-foot x 45-foot, atrium-style grand salon, illuminated by a metal-framed skylight inspired by Victorian railway stations. The room is approximately 32-feet in height and measures over 1,200 square feet. TEA2 Architects noted that the frame for the skylight was installed via crane as a single piece. Elevated between the grand salon and family room is a one-of-a-kind suspended room with hanging day beds and whimsical furnishings. This room acts as as a standalone piece of architecture within the building, complete with custom roofing, detailed columns and walls of windows. Beyond the grand salon, a large family room was designed around a Biltmore Estate-inspired triple fireplace and an 18-foot back-to-back patterned sofa creating an intimate and warm space. The room opens to a sun-filled bay with dining area and the home’s elaborate kitchen with sculptural elements by woodcarver Konstantin Papadakis. The rear of the home hosts a towering loggia overlooking an Italian-inspired landscape. Tall arched openings provide views into the grand salon. The property also includes a fabulous pavilion-style indoor pool giving the feeling of a Roman bath. The space is illuminated by a substantial skylight and numerous French doors. The project is the result of a team of talented architects, designers and builders collaborating and bringing the owner’s vision to life! Photography by David O. Marlow.