This urban mixed-use project connects to the Hennepin transit facility in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis. The project is organized around a 20,000 SF urban plaza that connects the restaurant and commercial uses at grade level with the transit station. The exterior design of the parking facility and the office create a unified building image with the use of precast architecture panels, linear glass panels, decorative metal and a 60 ft by 90 ft long green wall at the plaza. The
program includes a 10-story building, three-story office over a seven level parking ramp adjacent to a six level parking ramp.
The design vision was to create a meaningful building responding to its unique site and clientele while addressing the area’s serious constraints involving high voltage overhead power lines, the proximity of the mid-town greenway, constrictive site geometry, as well as the opportunity provided by a multi-modal transit hub.
The layers of vehicular, pedestrian and bus traffic are skillfully overlapped and integrated to provide and encourage circulation in and through the site. Between the lakes and the city, the building looks to mark its location within the Uptown district and as an iconic structure along the Mid-town Greenway.