VUE is a seven-story upscale apartment building in Loring Park, Minneapolis. Historically, VUE’s site was home to multiple small residences. One of the many challenges of the project was responding to the vibrant, historic neighborhood while designing a contemporary, sophisticated presence. The design team accomplished this by creating a series of walk-up units along Oak Grove Street, which reinforces the connection to the street. This also incorporates a pedestrian-scale interface along the building’s north façade.

To maintain the appropriate scale and context, the building steps back along the north façade again at the fifth and sixth levels. The building’s boutique style expresses sophistication from the point of entry. The open plan of the entry lobby, concierge counter, live/work cafe and flex spaces allow residents to entertain guests in an upscale, high-functioning environment. On the roof, residents can relax by a glowing fire while they enjoy sweeping views of the Loring Park neighborhood and downtown Minneapolis.

Project Stats

Services: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, Construction Administration

Unit Metrics: 119 (studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units)

Client: Greco LLC

Amenities: Outdoor courtyard with barbecue, heated underground parking, dry cleaning pickup & delivery, keyless unit entry, fitness room, sauna, steam shower

Unique Features:  Two-level rooftop clubroom with a fireplace and full glass folding wall.