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by Architorture
April 4th, 2017, 7:51 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Archive Apartments (Not West Elm Hotel & Condos) - 102-120 1st Street N
Replies: 138
Views: 18399

Re: West Elm Hotel

Great back and forth all. I do agree that it feels a little tall for the site, however I think they have done a good job of stepping the building back at the sixth level to relate more to near by structures (Maverick, the parking garage, Velo, 222). It would be a let down for me if all the remaining...
by Architorture
April 4th, 2017, 7:37 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Kraus-Anderson, HQ Apartments, Finnegans "Brewtel" - 9th St S/5th Ave S
Replies: 403
Views: 71570

Re: Kraus-Anderson, HQ Apartments, Finnegans "Brewtel" - 9th St S/5th Ave S

I love how the density of this project completely changes the feel of entering the city from south on 94. It really feels much more urban. I look forward to the start of Finnegans.
by Architorture
April 4th, 2017, 7:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1992
Views: 248588

Re: United Properties / Four Seasons "Gateway" Project (Nicollet Hotel Block)

Does anyone know what is holding this one up? Market, Partnerships, Financing....All of the above? Nimby's complaining that it's one story too tall ;)
by Architorture
April 4th, 2017, 7:29 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Excelsior and Grand Area Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 161
Views: 20283

Re: Excelsior and Grand Area Development - St. Louis Park

Bridgewater & Housing development died last night. The city council voted against it 6-1.

Too Big, Too Much Traffic, Too Tall....

What a disappointment! This would have preserved SF of retail, added more office/ day time users, added density on a corridor, and vastly improved Monterey.
by Architorture
February 15th, 2016, 1:04 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Excelsior and Grand Area Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 161
Views: 20283

Re: Excelsior and Grand Area Development - St. Louis Park

I prefer the version with the dark brick better. It makes it more unique. Many of the neighboring buildings are filled with buff and brown tone brick. Its also a stronger design running the brick to the top and not changing materials at the top level.
by Architorture
January 15th, 2016, 1:23 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: AC Marriott Hotel - 401 Hennepin Ave (Andrews Hotel site)
Replies: 353
Views: 54926

Re: AC Marriott Hotel (401 Hennepin Ave / Andrews Hotel site

With the wrap I can't count the stories. How many more until it tops out?
by Architorture
January 15th, 2016, 1:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Medical Examiner's Office - 530 Chicago Ave
Replies: 29
Views: 3596

Re: Medical Examiner's Office - 530 Chicago Ave

I can't imagine the city would not demand something more special than just parking here. The location is just too good on the newly built park. The site could utilize underground and wrapped parking to take care of the parking burden. I would hope to see something mixed use and 10+ stories. It also ...
by Architorture
January 5th, 2016, 8:25 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1992
Views: 248588

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

Back to the preliminary rendering of the tower...I have to say that I am generally disappointed by the mass. I do understand that it’s very preliminary, however any sense of icon has is still lost. (Understanding that icon can be created through a combination of height and unique architecture.) To m...
by Architorture
November 25th, 2015, 10:50 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 363761

Re: Downtown East - Wells Fargo / Radisson Red / Edition Apt

I would expect that they will need extensive shadowing studies for this 4 story behemoth!
by Architorture
August 11th, 2015, 10:05 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: West Grand Apartments (2138-2146 Grand Ave)
Replies: 7
Views: 2039

Re: West Grand Apartments (2138-2146 Grand Ave)

What a disappointing design for the project. This a case where the city needed to challenge the developer and subsequently the architect to come up with something better. Grand Avenue is a great place within the city and more should be expected.
by Architorture
July 31st, 2015, 9:30 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Condos, construction liability laws, etc.
Replies: 85
Views: 2902

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

Exactly right on the last few posts Archiapolis. The additional problem that then develops is that all the additional built in costs are added to the final cost of the units. Higher units costs then make the economic viability of selling the units that much more difficult, etc.
by Architorture
July 29th, 2015, 9:53 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Condos, construction liability laws, etc.
Replies: 85
Views: 2902

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

The warranty issue is of great concern for condo developers. Generally speaking, state law allows the home owners 10 years to file a suit over construction defects. The definition in the law is vaguely word and was left to the courts to figure it out. There has been a great deal of litigation by hom...
by Architorture
July 10th, 2015, 10:26 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)
Replies: 382
Views: 51829

Re: 10th & Marquette Development

I would like to see more windows on the short ends of the building as well. Seems like wasted space and is highly visible from that angle. Perhaps worried about future structures blocking the views? It looks awkward and creates a highly visible 18 story blank wall, especially on the south side. Not...
by Architorture
July 8th, 2015, 11:59 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)
Replies: 382
Views: 51829

Re: 10th & Marquette Development

I agree with Nathan, EIFs is not as criminal as cement board and if done well can look nice. I think it could give this a building a smooth modern look. Don't get me started on the odd stepping at the base...is historic driving this?
by Architorture
July 1st, 2015, 11:37 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Hilton Tru / Home2 Hotel - 317 Second Avenue S
Replies: 58
Views: 14144

Re: Holiday Inn Express - 317 Second Avenue S

I think they look like mustaches. I think building mustaches are an underutilized feature for a reason.
by Architorture
June 17th, 2015, 11:23 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1992
Views: 248588

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

Stuart Co developed One Southdale Place and Genessee Apartments and Townhomes.

I agree this should go back out for bid. Otherwise it feels like a bait and switch to me.
by Architorture
June 12th, 2015, 7:55 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Excelsior and Grand Area Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 161
Views: 20283

Re: Excelsior and Grand Area Development - St. Louis Park

"The building would look like a skyscraper to neighbors", St. Louis Park resident Patricia Carlson asserted. She can't be serious! The neighboring building to the west is 1 story shorter. At 6 stories...a sky scraper - LOL I do agree that a development plan is needed for the area. The city needs to ...
by Architorture
June 10th, 2015, 7:43 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: National Marrow Donor Program HQ - 524 5th Street North
Replies: 296
Views: 48295

Re: National Marrow Donor Program HQ - (524 Fifth Street Nor

PS This buidling is a nice infill but very much underwhelming. Hopefully they do a great job with the landscaping
by Architorture
June 10th, 2015, 7:39 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: National Marrow Donor Program HQ - 524 5th Street North
Replies: 296
Views: 48295

Re: National Marrow Donor Program HQ - (524 Fifth Street Nor

As an individual that has presented to neighborhood groups on a number of occasions, I feel it would be helpful for city staff to attend. They don’t have to take sides, it would be helpful if they just spoke to the current zoning and the city’s comprehensive plan. On a number of occasions, by right ...
by Architorture
May 26th, 2015, 2:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 800 Washington Ave S (Guthrie Ramp liner parcel)
Replies: 146
Views: 25759

Re: Guthrie Ramp Block Vacant Site - (800 Washington Avenue)

I doubt they intended to resolve everything in the design for an RFP. In the RFPs I have worked on its about conveying an architectural concept In the end the best financial offer typically boils the decision to 1 or 2 proposals, regardless of architectural merit.

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