222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby mullen » April 30th, 2013, 10:04 am

ok it's growing on me. no it's not a tall, gateway building but i appreciate the massing and how this meets the street.

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby nordeast homer » April 30th, 2013, 10:16 am

I must reluctantly and sheepishly admit that the addition of the "tower" on the northeast corner of this helps break things up and adds a nice touch as you're coming from the north on Hennepin.

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby John » April 30th, 2013, 11:11 am

nordeast homer wrote:I must reluctantly and sheepishly admit that the addition of the "tower" on the northeast corner of this helps break things up and adds a nice touch as you're coming from the north on Hennepin.
Totally agree. It really makes it look better. Should look cool when lit up at night. Can't wait for the second tower and cupola to be finished on Washington. No doubt the towers of the complex will be the most interesting features.

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby MSPtoMKE » May 6th, 2013, 12:44 am

From May 5th:
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222 Construction by MSPdude, on Flickr
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My flickr photos.

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby mulad » May 6th, 2013, 1:04 am

Is there something happening on the northwest side of 1st Ave as well? Just wondering about the barriers on the right side of the photo.

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby mullen » May 6th, 2013, 6:00 am

that's the velo apartment project, isn't it? I could be wrong.

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby mamundsen » May 6th, 2013, 7:47 am

^^^Yes. Velo apartments. viewtopic.php?f=13&t=122

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby minntransplant » May 9th, 2013, 9:02 pm

Tower on the north end is now clearly visible/framed-up. The brick looks good close up, but the other materials look very cheap. Very strong presence on Hennepin, however. You can see the tower from the gold medal park area. Pretty neat.

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby seanrichardryan » May 9th, 2013, 9:22 pm

I noticed today the the shape of the tower mirrors the towers on the Hennepin Avenue bridge. It's a great perspective to see looking down Hennepin from around 6th.
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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby John » May 9th, 2013, 10:38 pm

seanrichardryan wrote:I noticed today the the shape of the tower mirrors the towers on the Hennepin Avenue bridge. It's a great perspective to see looking down Hennepin from around 6th.
No doubt the architects took some cues from the bridge which gives the towers a nice context to the area. I think the towers are really the saving grace of this project, and makes up for some of the design shortcomings which have been previously mentioned.

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby jet777 » May 10th, 2013, 11:04 am

This project is the biggest hodge podge of materials I've ever seen. It's almost like someone decided it would add architectural value to vomit the facade into place.

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby nasa35 » May 10th, 2013, 12:39 pm

jet777 wrote:This project is the biggest hodge podge of materials I've ever seen. It's almost like someone decided it would add architectural value to vomit the facade into place.
:D

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby Gman12 » May 16th, 2013, 9:47 pm

Image

Added another tower thing today, hopefully it adds enough shape to the building.

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby transplant » May 17th, 2013, 7:29 am

Does anybody know when the Whole Foods is supposed to actually open for business?

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby minnyapple » May 17th, 2013, 10:29 am

Thanks for the great pic! According to whole foods website. Its says opening Fall 2013 http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/hennepin

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby Didier » May 17th, 2013, 11:44 am

That picture is a great example of why this project is so tricky to adequately judge. It's easy to see why people are disappointed by the lack of height in this project, but from this angle it's height fits in perfectly. Just kind of a tricky location, basically being right the transition from the North Loop to Downtown.

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby nasa35 » May 17th, 2013, 12:29 pm

Didier wrote:That picture is a great example of why this project is so tricky to adequately judge. It's easy to see why people are disappointed by the lack of height in this project, but from this angle it's height fits in perfectly. Just kind of a tricky location, basically being right the transition from the North Loop to Downtown.
I just think it's butt ugly and not at all ideal for the land use. JMO

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby mattaudio » May 17th, 2013, 12:39 pm

^we're all aware.

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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby seanrichardryan » May 17th, 2013, 3:10 pm

They had WB Washington closed this afternoon while they crane things into/ onto this building.
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Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

Postby jet777 » May 17th, 2013, 7:55 pm

They were probably lifting more shades of corrugated brown siding to help trick people passing by into thinking its several developments. That's an old optical illusion trick from Hollywood set designers. Worked pretty well in old 2D black and white movies!


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