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by luigipaladio
September 12th, 2019, 10:44 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1730
Views: 280314

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: 16672

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: 778

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: 1730
Views: 280314

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 - 503'
Replies: 1963
Views: 239214

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: 17116

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: 136324

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 - 240 Hennepin Ave - 23 stories - 256'
Replies: 71
Views: 11052

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 - 240 Hennepin Ave - 23 stories - 256'
Replies: 71
Views: 11052

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: 243
Views: 40667

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.
by luigipaladio
August 22nd, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 23 stories - 256'
Replies: 71
Views: 11052

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

It’s too bad this project doesn’t include replacing the 21st Century Bank Building. It is a sad remnant of the worst architecture to come out of the massive urban “renewal” project of the 1960’s. Perhaps once this tower is complete, the bank building could be tackled for a scaled down companion to t...
by luigipaladio
August 22nd, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City of Minneapolis Office Building - 501 4th Ave S - 11 stories / 171'
Replies: 219
Views: 34132

Re: City of Minneapolis Office Building - 501 4th Ave S - 11 stories / 171'

Of all of the finished, underway or proposed new buildings in the downtown area, this holds the potential to be one of the best. Of course, the reality could still fall far from the renders, but I am hopeful. I am really anxious for the steel to get up and the curtain wall to begin being installed.
by luigipaladio
August 22nd, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Hotel News
Replies: 233
Views: 57917

Re: Downtown Hotel News

is the Rand Tower hotel project going to get it’s own thread, or does it already have one that I’ve missed?
by luigipaladio
August 22nd, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Hotel News
Replies: 233
Views: 57917

Re: Downtown Hotel News

A recent visit to the Twin Cities Outlet Mall in Eagan was like a walk through the international terminal at Schipol In Amsterdam. I heard as many different languages in a 45 minute walk around the mall as I have walking through the crazy busy terminal in Amsterdam. I am not surprised at the visitor...
by luigipaladio
August 22nd, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Ironclad Apartments & Moxy Hotel - Washington & Chicago
Replies: 156
Views: 26567

Re: Ironclad Apartments & Moxy Hotel - Washington & Chicago

The retaining wall stones look like a bit of a cross between an odd kind of architectural tokenism and a heavy handed Zen garden. It looks like a low maintenance idea that will tend to collect refuse blown in off the street and become a higher maintenance reality.
by luigipaladio
August 22nd, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)
Replies: 1016
Views: 136324

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

Does anyone have any current photos of the Metro Transit police building. This is a surprisingly interesting design.
by luigipaladio
August 22nd, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)
Replies: 1016
Views: 136324

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

This hotel is decent enough, but it is surprising that, at least in the renders - and so far in the construction, it is almost impossible to tell that there is a major performance venue contained within the site. Of course, that is something that could be remedied without major changes to the struct...
by luigipaladio
August 19th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 22 stories
Replies: 58
Views: 9528

Re: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 22 stories

Is this project moving along in the approval process? If so, where does it stand and is there a target for construction to begin?
by luigipaladio
August 19th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Renaissance Square / The Andrus
Replies: 38
Views: 7032

Re: Renaissance Square / The Andrus

In principle, this is good news, but it will take some doing to fill the retail/commercial space. The partial remake of City Center and the Dayton’s project could stall filling the retail space here for a very long time. I hope they can do it. The building is a gem - especially above the ground floor.
by luigipaladio
August 19th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: East End / Thresher Square / Trader Joes - 713 Washington Ave S
Replies: 407
Views: 73503

Re: East End / Thresher Square / Trader Joes - 713 Washington Ave S

I’m not sure there is anything unfortunate about the Old Spaghetti Factory leaving this space. With the rest of the black already made new or renewed, this place suddenly came to look very tired and worn out. Judging from recent comments, it seems as though the concept of the restaurant was getting ...

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