Commercial Architecture in the Twin Cities
|Phillip Johnson’s beautifully reflective IDS Center. In the foreground is one of 62 Minneapolis skyways --- each architecturally unique. The skyway is attached on the left to Cesar Pelli’s Gaviidae Common . Reflected in the IDS is Pelli’s Wells Fargo Bank Building, along with some unidentified clouds.|
Commercial Architecture of the Twin Cities
Four Pritzker Prize winners have works in the Twin Cities, all in Minneapolis: Frank Gehry (Weisman Art Museum), Phillip Johnson (IDS Center, above), Jean Nouvel (Guthrie Theater), and the team of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron (Walker Art Center Addition).
This building was described by one observer as “somewhere between cubism and science fiction.” Following this project, Gehry hopped on over to Bilbao, Spain to design the similarly-hallucinogenic Guggenheim Museum.
Yet, without artists like Gehry pushing the envelope, there would be just be another square, brick building there which we wouldn’t even notice while driving by.
Nouvel’s Guthrie Theater (2007) has quickly become an icon of the Minneapolis Riverfront. A walk out to the end of its cantilever offers the visitor a beautiful panoramic view the Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Falls.
These are just a few examples of many interesting, modern commercial buildings in the Twin Cities.
Among older buildings, there is an impressive cluster of 1890s warehouse buildings in the St. Paul Lowertown area.
There are several art deco buildings, including both downtown main post offices, Saint Paul City Hall, and the Minneapolis Armory, which was once the home of the Minneapolis Lakers (now Los Angeles Lakers) basketball team.