For Janey and Christian, we did a complete overhaul to the exterior spaces of their fantastic, subtle home in the Minneapolis neighborhood Tangletown. We made up the term “Marin modern” to describe the aesthetic we tried to respond to and thus, create… a Northern California meets Swedish MCM attitude. We researched, discussed and wondered about Norman Jaffe's work, Sea Ranch, Lawrence and Anna Halprin… and art like Mono ha, Richard Nonas and others. The clients wanted a pool in a quiet, contemplative space… gentle, elegant, and private. The space is anchored by an expansive bridge-like pergola in Douglas fir and a cedar sculpture which balances the water. Bluestone patios and concrete ring the pool. Privacy fences that, spiritually, behave more like walls… clad in 12″ lap siding to create long geometric bands that result in a quiet rhythm. Native wildflowers and groundcovers strategically planted to bloom across the seasons.