Month: August 2019

Legacy project: Creature comforts, viewer enhancements for black bears at Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo turned to CNH Architects for its environmental design to create a Black Bear Exhibit and home for three young black bears. It has a Minnesota Northwoods feel. Built on a steep site and sandwiched between the existing Tropics building, bald eagle exhibit, Minnesota Trail and public trails, the site had challenges. Considerations …

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Staff: Newer designer, firm veteran both on mission to serve clients

A long-established principal of CNH Architects and a newer arrival both labor to support client needs and desires, offering their expertise in multiple ways. Kelly Hanson joined CNH as an architectural designer last summer after graduating with a five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University. She is also LEED Green Associate, and …

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Rooftop fun at sizable south Minneapolis day care

A former Walgreens and home goods store on Lake Street has been transformed by CNH Architects into a Jardin Spanish Immersion Academy with a captivating two-part rooftop playground. Drone imagery reveals the innovative design. The entire interior of the Minneapolis structure was stripped and reinforcements were added to support the rooftop playground, explains Architect Jessica …

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Volunteer: Senior Designer’s dog foster are enters next round

Senior Designer Al Tsai at CNH now has a 4-year-old in the house, Lucky, and he’s a dog. His family offers a friendly place for such animals, and has a special relationship with Secondhand Hounds, a Minnetonka-based pet adoption agency. Thus, the established pooch and the Tsai family recently welcomed a new companion. Mimi, a …

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History: CNH logos, professional modesty and meaning

It began with a drafting style lettered design. Then tall and skinny letters were “in.” Bold letters followed, and finally, torn paper imagery separated an all caps visual. That about sums up 50 years of CNH Architects’ logo history. Flashy signs and catchy taglines were a bit foreign to the architecture field, and that, like …

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