Architecture City Guide: Minneapolis

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to the city stars fall on. With a few notable exceptions, one can hardly be called a starchitect if s/he hasn’t designed something in Minneapolis. Since 2005 the starchitects that have fallen on this “City of Lakes” include Jean Nouvel, Herzog & de Mueron, César Pelli, Michael Graves, Steven Holl, and Frank Gehry. This is a surprising number for a city just north of 380,000 people. Few cities of this size could boast as much. What’s more our list of 12 is far from complete. There are many wonderful historic and contemporary buildings mixed in with the explosion of starchitecture. Please leave comments of buildings one should not miss when visiting Minneapolis.

Architecture City Guide: Minneapolis list and corresponding map after the break!

  • Guthrie Theater / Jean Nouvel
  • Walker Art Center / Herzog & de Meuron
  • Central Hennepin County Library/ Pellie Clarke Pelli
  • IDS Tower / Philip Johnson & John Burgee
  • Rarig Center for the Performing Arts / Ralph Rapson
  • Children’s Theatre Company / Michael Graves & Associates
  • Northwestern National Life Insurance Co. / Yamasaki & Associates
  • Mill City Museum / Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle
  • University of Amplatz Children’s Hospital / Tsoi/Kobus & Associates with Hammel, Green & Abrahamason
  • KNOCK Inc. / Julie Snow Architects
  • College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UMINN / Steven Holl Architects
  • Christ Church Lutheran / Eliel Saarinen

Ver Architecture City Guide: Minneapolis en un mapa ampliado

Coming October 2011: Weisman Art Museum Minneapolis / Frank Gehry

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Cite: Henry, Christopher. "Architecture City Guide: Minneapolis" 13 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 Nov 2014. <>
  • jeff

    you forgot the Malcolm E. Willey House, the A. H. Bulbulian Residence, the Henry J. Neils House by Frank Lloyd Wright. Antoine Predock completed the McNamara Alumni Center on the unisversity of Minnesota campus and is now working on the addition to that building. Just an hour outside of Minnespolis is the St. John’s Abbey by Marcel Breuer. Also, Eero Saarinen completed the addition to his fathers Christ Church Lutheran.

  • design.language

    Barbara Barker Center for Dance by HGA. Not starchitects, but a great design.

  • Christopher Henry

    Great suggestions. I saw these and it was really a coin toss on which went into the 12. I chose not to put the Wright houses up because they are still privately owned and the views from the street aren’t ideal.

  • Jon

    The McPhail Center for Music is just a stone’s throw from Nouvel’s Guthrie designed by James Dayton a Gehry protoge, the Russian Art Museum is a good adaptive reuse by Julie Snow, and the Minnesota Orchestra (which will be receiving an addition soon) with nearby Peavey Plaza is a good half-way point between the Central Library and Walker Art Center if you choose to walk down Nicollet Mall.

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