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by luigipaladio
November 12th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 84
Views: 12167

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

The new hotel at Viking Lakes is topped out and rapidly getting enclosed. It’s most interesting feature is a series of two story glassed in spaces running up the north end of the hotel. They are planned to be winter garden spaces for meetings and other events. The meeting and dining spaces at ground...
by luigipaladio
November 12th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Ford Site Redevelopment
Replies: 46
Views: 5166

Re: Ford Site Redevelopment

The visuals for this project are disturbing. While there are two apparent extensions of existing East/West streets into the site, this hardly constitutes a continuation of the city grid. The most disturbing aspect of the drawings is the interminably long stretches of apartments/row houses? - that ru...
by luigipaladio
October 16th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 250 Hennepin Ave - 21 stories - 256'
Replies: 89
Views: 17404

Re: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 23 stories - 256'

This is such a good addition to the Hennepin and Washington streetscapes. There will be a nice gateway effect for south bound Hennepin and a good continuation of the developing corridor along Washington. It has been a very long wait to see the devastation of the 1960’s urban renewal effort finally f...
by luigipaladio
October 16th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 84
Views: 12167

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

The ten year plan for Viking Lakes is for a number of restaurants, commercial spaces and multiple office buildings all to go in on the campus. They also plan to build hundreds of additional apartment units on the site. The first renters will be pioneers however. As you say, it is a long way to any u...
by luigipaladio
October 15th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 84
Views: 12167

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

The Wilf’s are apparently determined to signal that their grand plans for their Eagan campus are not just pie in the prairie. They have announced the first round of apartments for Viking Lakes and their Omni Hotel has topped out and is rapidly getting enclosed. A neighboring land owner has been told...
by luigipaladio
October 2nd, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 250 Hennepin Ave - 21 stories - 256'
Replies: 89
Views: 17404

Re: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 23 stories - 256'

It is so good to see that this project is going to happen. It will be a great addition both to the Hennepin and Washington streetscapes. I suspect it will even help the Gateway tower make a more comfortable fit. The two towers will provide something of a true gateway for Hennepin . Bravo!
by luigipaladio
September 21st, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Seven Corners Gateway - Apartments & Hotel
Replies: 48
Views: 8523

Re: Seven Corners Gateway Site / Radisson Red

It is good to see this lot going away, but the design really does look suburban at this point. Does anyone know if the hotel is still slated to be a Radison Red. If so, I would have expected a bit more flare in the hotel design. At this point , both the hotel and the apartment belong in the burbs.
by luigipaladio
September 21st, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 128
Views: 23799

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

This looks like a visitor from the late seventies or early eighties. It’s not awful, but it feels old before it’s time.
by luigipaladio
September 21st, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - 241'
Replies: 33
Views: 6155

Re: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - 241'

This is actually one of ESG’s better designs. The masking of the parking podium is better than most and the building is actually interesting. It is not another featureless box and it has more grace than the heavy-handed beast next door.
by luigipaladio
September 21st, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 35 stories / 393'
Replies: 70
Views: 10463

Re: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 40 stories / 442'

Given the fact that this is an ESG design I have a certain dread that the panels in the most recent renders are indeed precast. Hopefully they will abandon that possibility and either go for all glass or metal panels. This still has potential to be a good addition to the skyline.
by luigipaladio
September 12th, 2019, 10:44 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1733
Views: 285431

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Seth, You are absolutely right. The blue bear is peering into the Denver Convention Center. It is one of the more clever pieces of public sculpture I’ve seen. It is actually quite striking when seen in person and delightfully whimsical at the same time. We and m any other Coloradans had bears, couga...
by luigipaladio
September 12th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Foundry Mixed-Use Development - 115-125 1st St N, 128 2nd St N, 128 1st Av N
Replies: 100
Views: 17403

Re: Foundry Mixed-Use Development - 115-125 1st St N, 128 2nd St N, 128 1st Av N

Snow Kreilich is one of the more creative firms in town. The approach on this is interesting. They avoid a kitschy effort to copy the style of the warehouses and other historic North Loop structures, and they both preserve what is historic and distinguish everything that is new as being new, but sim...
by luigipaladio
September 12th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Duluth: Essentia Health Hospital, Clinic and Outpatient Center
Replies: 4
Views: 888

Re: Duluth: Essentia Health Hospital, Clinic and Outpatient Center

It looks like full scale construction on this project is finally happening. Essential has to be one of the biggest employers in Duluth. This will become the Eastern gateway to downtown Duluth. Hopefully the residential tower that has been proposed will soon follow. Unfortunately, the residential tow...
by luigipaladio
September 5th, 2019, 10:26 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1733
Views: 285431

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

I’m guessing that the necessary maintenance costs on equipment that is no longer needed made it practical to remove the microwave horns. Is the whole crown going away? The first (bottom) layer of the crown could be worth saving, but if that has to go away as well, the building itself is a pretty dec...
by luigipaladio
August 26th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1992
Views: 248343

Re: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

Thanks for posting the pics on several of the projects going on, Bapster2006. If all of the projects in the current lineup go through, this view is going to change dramatically.
by luigipaladio
August 26th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: CPM North Loop Office Building - 419 Washington Ave N / 420 N 3rd St
Replies: 122
Views: 17445

Re: CPM North Loop Office Building - 419 Washington Ave N / 420 N 3rd St

This is a decent and inoffensive addition to the neighborhood. I agree that it won't soon be seen in any architecture journals and it may have carried the contextualism flag a bit too far, offering no real new variations on the theme.
by luigipaladio
August 23rd, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)
Replies: 1016
Views: 136747

Re: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)

Thanks, I had not seen this render. The entry is much more dramatic than anything I had seen for this before and the signage is anything but invisible.
by luigipaladio
August 22nd, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 250 Hennepin Ave - 21 stories - 256'
Replies: 89
Views: 17404

Re: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 23 stories - 256'

The City of Lakes and Minneapolis Public Service buildings are good remnants of the period. I only hope they can find someone that would want to use them with out destroying the shells.
by luigipaladio
August 22nd, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 250 Hennepin Ave - 21 stories - 256'
Replies: 89
Views: 17404

Re: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 23 stories - 256'

It seems to me that when the bank building went up, it was white - which at least referenced the Yamasaki gem at Washington and Hennepin. The current buff color does the building no favors. It fit the neighborhood better when the Jaguar dealership was across the street, but at this point it does not...
by luigipaladio
August 22nd, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 259
Views: 46734

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'

The talk on SkyscaperCity is that this project will, finally break ground in September.

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