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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby Tyler » May 16th, 2014, 3:49 pm

They should at least paint it silver...
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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby Nathan » May 16th, 2014, 4:39 pm

Tyler wrote:They should at least paint it silver...
do they have the authority to? or is it city owned?

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby seanrichardryan » May 17th, 2014, 7:20 am

Eh. Looks like they're stealing the lighting design from the Cowles too.
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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby nickmgray » May 17th, 2014, 7:50 am

Wish more projects created videos like that. This one's a bit unique since they are using it as a sales tool for the available retail and office space. I hope the interior isn't as stark as they showed it. I think those second floor spaces will be broken up if they can't find potential tenants in the next few months.

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby Minneboy » May 17th, 2014, 8:07 am

It looks ugly and depressing. Even worse than the original and that's hard to do. It could be worse by being black which is oppressive.

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby John » May 17th, 2014, 10:02 am

seanrichardryan wrote:Eh. Looks like they're stealing the lighting design from the Cowles too.
Yeah, except the screens will have a nicer pattern and won't look as much like a chain link fence. Plus it isn't attached to historic buildings which makes the marquee for Cowles look rather strange and totally disconnected.

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby Aville_37 » May 17th, 2014, 10:19 am

Minneboy wrote:It looks ugly and depressing. Even worse than the original and that's hard to do. It could be worse by being black which is oppressive.
I would have to disagree that it's not worse than the original. It definitely does need a splash of something though. Hopefully the retail/dining establishments will add some pizzazz once they move in.

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby MNdible » May 17th, 2014, 12:38 pm

I think the big moves are pretty good, but I'm really concerned for how this gets detailed out. It's as if the architects presented a conceptual design, and the developers said, "OK, good enough. We can build it from that."

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby John » May 18th, 2014, 11:18 am

Aville_37 wrote: I would have to disagree that it's not worse than the original. It definitely does need a splash of something though. Hopefully the retail/dining establishments will add some pizzazz once they move in.
That's sort of my take on it too. The modernist style looks nice but the coloration is a bit antiseptic. Still a huge improvement over the original. Needs some neon retail signage, sidewalk cafe's etc to brighten it up a bit. I hope they downplay the "Mayo Clinic Square" signs around the complex a bit. Sounds too institutional.

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby Nick » May 18th, 2014, 1:48 pm

Agree about the signage, it's a little gaudy.

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby nBode » May 18th, 2014, 1:57 pm

From the start I've thought "Mayo Clinic Square" was a terrible name. I think we're going to have to adopt some sort've nickname for it. I can't see myself ever saying, "Hey, let's go to Mayo Clinic Square!"

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby seanrichardryan » May 18th, 2014, 3:51 pm

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby Minnehahaha » May 18th, 2014, 7:44 pm

So if someone is confused about what happened to Block E, you just tell them... no, I can't bring myself to say it.

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby Anondson » May 18th, 2014, 8:26 pm

That hurts. But awesome.

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby Archiapolis » May 19th, 2014, 7:19 am

MNdible wrote:I think the big moves are pretty good, but I'm really concerned for how this gets detailed out. It's as if the architects presented a conceptual design, and the developers said, "OK, good enough. We can build it from that."

More like, "Hurry up, get the 'architecture' done so we can do a slick animation and we'll figure out how to build it/VE it just enough to be approved later." That is ABSOLUTELY the reality of how buildings are currently being designed/entitled/built.

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby seanrichardryan » May 29th, 2014, 10:54 pm

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby grant1simons2 » May 29th, 2014, 11:22 pm

Wow. Didn't expect a big hotel corporation like Loews to have any big interest in this

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby John » May 30th, 2014, 12:09 am

grant1simons2 wrote:Wow. Didn't expect a big hotel corporation like Loews to have any big interest in this
The article said they are going to do a 10 million dollar upgrade too. This area is becoming quite a hot spot. Wish it would spill over to create infill on the vacant lots just north on Hennepin.

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby Nick » June 21st, 2014, 5:24 pm

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Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Postby grant1simons2 » June 21st, 2014, 8:18 pm

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