VUE is a seven-story upscale apartment building in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. One of the many interesting site challenges involved responding to the vibrant and historic context while still expressing a contemporary, sophisticated presence. This result is a well-designed series of walk-ups which enforces the connection to the street and allows 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 open plan of the entry lobby, concierge counter, live/work cafe and flex space allows the residents to welcome guests and clients into an upscale high-functioning environment. Residents also enjoy an amenity-filled lifestyle, with a fitness room, sauna, and steam shower located on the main level. The sixth floor level reveals HALO, a two-level clubroom with a full glass folding wall. There, residents can relax by a glowing fire while they enjoy sweeping views of downtown Minneapolis.