A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
On Sunday afternoon, May 3rd, there will be three tours of the Oslund condominiums here in Ann Arbor.
The cost of the tour is $15 per person. To register click here: http://www.a2modern.myevent.com/
Oslund was David Osler’s most personal work after his house and office. Located on what had been his family’s farm, he cared deeply about the site and was in total control of the design. The resulting project, 27 condominiums built in three phases between 1987–2005, was designed for clustered density, yet each unit is totally private. “He did Oslund for himself, it was a whole different concept,” recalls Connie Osler, David Osler’s widow.
Osler (1921–2014) moved with his family to the farm when he was four years old. When the Depression hit they were able to survive by supplementing his father’s income as county agricultural agent with the farm produce. Scott Van Sweringen, the architect who was project manager on the first phase, remembers that by the time they began the project “the land was mainly scrub grown over, but we looked to see if there were trees to save.” They did find some birches that were
incorporated into internal gardens and still are there. They also saved pine trees that Osler and his brother Scott had planted.