In 1989, Geoffrey Warner quit his “day job” as an architect at a Minneapolis firm, and began his “day+many-other-hours” job laying the foundation for what became Alchemy in 1992.
This year marks Alchemy’s 25th anniversary; 2017 also marks the 15th anniversary of Alchemy’s weeHouse, the contemporary prefabricated modular home first designed for a Minnesota Orchestra violinist in 2002. Since then, weeHouses have been celebrated as objects of architectural optimism and design efficiencies.
Working with factories around the United States, Alchemy has delivered more than 35 weeHouses to spots in California, Oregon, Maine, Virginia, Wisconsin and Texas. Along with single-family homes, projects on the books include rooftop weeHouses for Minneapolis’s Uptown neighborhood and an ecovillage featuring wee-, barn-, and lightHouses in St. Paul. Alchemy’s other projects include Bang Brewing, 2399 Capp Road in St. Anthony Park; single-family homes; renovations; retail stores and façades; commercial offices; restaurants; and art installations, including its LightHotel, a one-room mobile hotel that debuted at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Mia) last year.
You can find out more about Alchemy at www.weehouse.com.