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Re: IDS Center

Postby Minneboy » May 23rd, 2013, 3:08 pm

Another thing about the bronze windows, think how they would play against Wells Fargo today and could it have changed our skyline to more of a brownish hue instead of the overall blueish one we currently have?

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Re: IDS Center

Postby John » May 23rd, 2013, 4:11 pm

sushisimo wrote:The one thing that hasn't aged well are those resin pyramids that comprise the "crystal" top of Crystal Court. They have an ongoing difficult time with those leaking and getting milky, even though they are two-ply. I used to work on 8th floor where some of the pyramids stair-stepped right up to our windows. The IDS crew are out there a lot.
I wonder if sometime the material for the Crystal Court atrium couldn't be changed to EFTE like the new stadium??

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Re: IDS Center

Postby spearson » May 23rd, 2013, 4:50 pm

John wrote:
I wonder if sometime the material for the Crystal Court atrium couldn't be changed to EFTE like the new stadium??

I had the same thought recently, there has to be a way to re-engineer that roof to be less problematic. EFTE I think could work well up there.

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Re: IDS Center

Postby Silophant » October 13th, 2013, 8:11 pm

Driving past downtown tonight, I saw that the IDS Center lights were alternating blue and green. Any idea why? I know it's Columbus Day tomorrow, but I don't know if that's really the reason.

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Re: IDS Center

Postby mister.shoes » October 13th, 2013, 8:56 pm

Probably in celebration of the Lynx winning the WNBA championship.
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Re: IDS Center

Postby Silophant » October 13th, 2013, 9:16 pm

That makes sense. Thanks!

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Re: IDS Center

Postby nickmgray » October 14th, 2013, 10:37 am

Noticed the lights this morning and was wondering the same thing. Since it's such a thin strip, the color changes looked a bit odd, but it's nice to see that the new lighting is a lot more flexible.

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Re: IDS Center

Postby Avian » October 14th, 2013, 2:28 pm

I've seen several different lighting schemes. Even if the lights are just white, they often change to a colored pattern in the hour before they are shut off at midnight. I do like the twinkling effect.

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Re: IDS Center

Postby Nathan » October 14th, 2013, 4:39 pm

It's often Red White and Blue the last 15 min!

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Re: IDS Center

Postby dvabrahamson » December 24th, 2013, 9:17 am

Hello there. The rendering of the IDS Center was actually taken from my tumblr blog. This was on the front of a postcard I received from a friend. I know that this was one of the architects' renderings, as I studied the building in great detail when I studied architecture at the University of Minnesota. I'm surprised to hear that so many people are a fan of the bronze-colored glazing!

As for exterior elevation question comment, we don't see many exterior elevators because they are more costly, take up valuable perimeter space (you can lease an office with a window for much more than an interior office), and are normally kept in the center of the building for structural and mechanical efficiency.

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Re: IDS Center

Postby AccordGuy » December 25th, 2013, 4:10 pm

Off topic I suppose with this question, but why do we not have any buildings downtown lit up in traditional Christmas colors of red and green ? I remember when US Bank on Nicollet was finished it had red and green lights at the top around Christmas and then never again that I've ever seen. Do we have an ordinance that forbids colored lights at Christmas ? Target HQ has had some cool looking displays during the holiday times that I've seen.
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Re: IDS Center

Postby go4guy » December 25th, 2013, 4:35 pm

IDS had Christmas colors. Wells Fargo I think only has the one color. Not sure about Capella. But Target had some nice displays on there.

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Re: IDS Center

Postby JMS9 » December 25th, 2013, 4:47 pm

Yeah IDS would switch from red to green every few seconds.

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Re: IDS Center

Postby Minneboy » December 25th, 2013, 9:09 pm

Wells Fargo would look fantastic in green and red hues for Christmas. Much like the Empire State or Chrysler buildings.

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Re: IDS Center

Postby Avian » December 25th, 2013, 10:19 pm

I may be wrong, but I think Wells Fargo is lit up with sodium vapor lamps, giving it its characteristic golden glow. They haven't been changed since the building was built.

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Re: IDS Center

Postby Nathan » December 26th, 2013, 12:53 pm

Yeah, and the gold MN dolomite stone doesn't look as good in color as the Indiana Limestone of the Empire State and Chrysler Towers... One time I saw La Salle Plaza lit up in green and it looked more baby poop green than bright christmasy green.

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Re: IDS Center

Postby mattaudio » December 26th, 2013, 1:03 pm

I thought we had discussed this visual assault in another thread somewhere. Everybody thinks its cool to have controllable RGB LEDs. It's getting overplayed. I miss the classic glow on top of the IDS.

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Re: IDS Center

Postby Minneboy » December 26th, 2013, 2:33 pm

Colors can be modified enough to get the right color no matter the color of the stone, unless it's black.

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Re: IDS Center

Postby Mdcastle » January 1st, 2014, 3:37 pm

My picture is the first result for "Blatnik Bridge Lights!".

But the Blatnik bridge they stayed with fixed "cool white" LEDs for the decorative flood lighting, probably because they're cheapest, rather than a fancy-pants color changing RGB system. They replaced a metal halide outline system where the wiring was deteriorating and they had to be removed for bridge repainting.

I assume the Wells Fargo fixtures are semi-accessible for relamping. They could put red gels on them (you wouldn't get much in the way of green gels).

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Re: IDS Center

Postby mattaudio » January 17th, 2014, 12:58 pm

Since we were talking about the long line of failed or mediocre-at-best projects funded in part by the City of St Paul (Town Square, WTC, Galtier, Lawson, etc) it made me wonder...
IDS was clearly a turning point in Downtown Minneapolis, and not just for the office market. It set the standard (mostly good) for the type of development we see in the core of Mpls. Does anyone know if the City of Mpls or any other public entity backed some of it financially? Or was it completely a private project?


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