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  3936 Willmatt Hill  ·  Minnetonka  MN  55305
LIVING ART by internationally acclaimed and awarded architect, Leonard Parker
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Price: $500,000
Status: Sold
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
MLS#: 4144857
Property Type: Single Family
Exterior: Stucco
Garage: 2
Foundation: 1480
Approx. Sq. Ft.: 3461
Property Style: 2 story
Lot Size: .46 acre
Year Built: 1973
3936 Willmatt Hill is a timeless example of modern architecture, designed by internationally acclaimed and highly awarded architect, Leonard Parker. Space, light and privacy persist throughout this home. /// With the perfect combination of bright open spaces for entertaining and tucked away private spaces for respite, the home adheres to his simple design ideals: Well built and trouble free; Functionally responsive to its purpose; Aesthetically beautiful and poetically spirited. /// The cul-de-sac setting at the end of quiet Willmat Hill provides a one-of-a-kind tree top setting in the woods of Minnetonka, overlooking Dimple Lake. The convenient location offers easy access to shopping, highways, bike trails, and more.
 

From the owner/architect, explaining the home for an award:  
This home exemplifies one of the main goals of architecture: to improve the human standard of living while harmonizing with the surrounding environment.  /  The house design is centered around the owner's desire to respect and protect the beautiful natural environment of the site, while fully enjoying views and sun orientation. Its concept incorporates energy conscious design in every aspect possible.  /  The house is organized around a 28' x 28' central living core which contains social, recreational and studio functions on three levels.  /  The southeast and southwest walls of this core are extensively glazed, exposing views of woods and lake and allowing sun to penetrate the house through the trees. The northeast and northwest walls are wrapped with the service and privacy functions of kitchen, utility, bathrooms and bedrooms on two levels. North exposures have no windows, while south exposures have extensive glass screened by Iqrge overhangs. The north walls are earth sheltered. This provides privacy from the road and the neighbors, and maximizes solar efficiency.  /  The exterior is all stucco with retaining walls of cedar. Interior walls and ceiling are plaster except in the central living core where there is an attractive oak ceiling. All floors are carpeted except for entry, kitchen, utility and toilet rooms which are terrazzo. The generous overhangs are also wood, as are the decks and bridges.  /  The appearance of the house has changed little in the years since it was built, right down to the furnishings. The biggest difference is that the woods on the site have grown thicker, affording even more seclusion. The structure has met all of the owner's needs, proving to be durable, functional, comfortable, and extremely energy efficient. "We've never had a drape in here," the owner comments. "We get sun all day long. I set the thermostat at 60 degrees in the winter, and the sun heats the house to 70."

For an in depth look at the property, download the full brochure: https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D7701160_2145817_660594(significantly faster than the "brochure" link above)

Extensive background on Mr. Parker - download: https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D7701160_2145817_660563  (this background is included in the "brochure" link - again, significantly faster)

Mr. Parker's very brief bio:

  • The Leonard Parker Associates - Chairman
    • Guided by three basic principles: Well built and trouble free; Functionally responsive to its purpose; Aesthetically beautiful and poetically spirited.
  • Worked with Eero Sarrinen's design team in his early years before starting off on his own
  • Contemporary of Ralph Rapson and a long time professor of Architecture at U of Mn (started under Rapson)

Mr. Parker's abbreviated catalogue of work:

  • U of Missouri, Law School
  • Labor and Industries Building - Olympia,WA
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts 1974 addition, Children's Theater and MCAD (with Kenzo Tange) - Minneapolis
  • Lake Superior College - Duluth, MN
  • Opperman Hall & Law Building - Drake Univ
  • US Embassy - Santiago, Chile
  • S. Korean Embassy - Ottawa, CA
  • U of M school of Law building - Minneapolis
  • Humphrey Institute at U of M - Minneapolis
  • Minneapolis Convention Center
  • Minnesota Judicial Center (new building and renovation) - St. Paul
  • Korea: a number of convention centers, hotel, cultural centers...

 

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