Starting with a Clear Vision
Every construction project starts with a vision. For veteran developer and builder Todd Simning, it started with finding a site that would reflect the unique vitality of the city of Minneapolis. The North Loop neighborhood was an easy choice because of its prominence in fashion (Martin Patrick 3, D.NOLO and PARC), its exquisite culinary cuisine (Spoon and Stable, The Bachelor Farmer and Demi), its hip meeting places (Fairgrounds Coffee and the Hewing Hotel), and convenient shopping (5th Avenue Market and Whole Foods).
There’s no question that the North Loop is a place like no other with the best arts, entertaining, shopping and dining in the city. This high-energy enclave of indie fashion and innovative food was the perfect site for his vision of TMBR™— a boutique, luxury, mid-rise condominium steeped in architectural charm.
The site would need unencumbered views of the Minneapolis skyline, and the architecture would have to complement the fresh North Loop vibe. It was important to create a look and feel that would recognize the past but have all the modern conveniences essential for a new decade and a new generation. A mass timber building that uses the same timeless, nineteenth-century post-and-beam construction that is so common in the North Loop warehouse district would straddle the two aesthetics and fit seamlessly into the character of the growing neighborhood.
Simning selected Colin Oglesbay of D/O Architects to design a building that would look clean and modern but feel very much at home nestled within the classic, warehouse-style behemoths of the district. Oglesbay’s firm specializes in creating environmentally sustainable architecture and mass timber construction fits well within this focus. The wood used in mass timber construction is strong, lighter than traditional steel and concrete, harvested only from sustainably managed forests, and it provides long-term carbon storage unlike the heavy CO2 emissions expelled by conventional building practices. Using smartly sourced, low-emission, renewable materials in the building process allows TMBR™ to offer buyers an opportunity to be a part of new revolution in residential construction.
The final plans of Simning’s vision show a building sculpted to fit into the land with a trapezoidal design to allow for more creative and visionary architecture. When complete, TMBR™ will house 59 custom condominiums, an expansive rooftop patio, four below-grade heated parking levels, a spacious main-floor lobby, two retail spaces, a large fitness center, and ample bike storage. Each condo unit will be designed with a minimum of 180 square feet of outdoor-terrace space that will be equipped with a gas line for summer barbecues and winter heaters. The building will also offer eight premium, custom-designed, Signature Collection penthouses.
The TMBR™ team has worked diligently to bring Simning’s vision to life. Our showroom opens soon and will give prospective tenants a chance to walk through a replica condo space, see the beauty and unique style of mass timber construction, and experience the easy livability of the North Loop. We invite you to experience everything TMBR™ has to offer—welcome!