Darin Duch (B.S. Arch '06, M.Arch '10) and Ali Heshmati (BArch '92) Turn Minneapolis Warehouse into Ambiente Gallerie


Darin Duch (B.S. Arch '06, M.Arch '10), Associate Intern Architect at Laboratory for Environments, Architecture, and Design (LEAD, Inc.), recently completed work on Ambiente Gallerie, a new artist-style chiropractic office located in Northeast Minneapolis. Duch designed the project along with Ali Heshmati (BArch '92), a former adjunct professor at the School of Architecture and owner of LEAD Inc., to help Dr. Kari Boudreau integrate art and design into a healing space for her business, formerly Art of Chiropractic.

The 1910 warehouse is now an open space flanked with exposed brick walls decked with original paintings, floating cloud lighting, and sheer fabric convertible rooms that resemble ultra modern pods. The massage and exam rooms utilize curved, boomerang pivot doors, "Duchamp doors" covered with a translucent skin of fiberglass that offer privacy without feeling confined.

"Beauty is not an additive act but rather a coherent aesthetic. Anything else would be irrelevant," explained Heshmati. "We have been advocating a total and integral environment for both physical and mental wellbeing, in other words, a healthy environment must work on all levels."