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Minneapolis Central Library

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Identification

Minneapolis Central Library
Minneapolis Public Library
201533

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
concrete
glass
limestone
curtain wall
yellow
postmodernism
forced air
yes, centrally controlled

Usages

library (public)
café parking

Facts

  • This is Cesar Pelli's second major commission in Minneapolis, the first being the landmark Wells Fargo Center.
  • Before Gateway District urban renewal and the construction of the previous main library, the Bank of Minneapolis Building stood on the northeast corner of this site.
  • This is one of approximately $500 million in arts and cultural institution expansions scheduled for completion in Minneapolis through 2007. Others include the Walker Art Center Theater Tower, the new Guthrie Theater, an expansion of Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and an expansion of the Children's Theater Company.
  • Before demolishing the old library building, the Minneapolis Public Library moved into facilities at Marquette Plaza, two blocks to the north and east. This largest branch of the library system operated there until early 2006.
  • An 18,560 square foot green roof covers the north half of the building. This is the first large-scale utilization of green roof technology in Minnesota.
  • The new Central Library opened May 20, 2006.
  • The new library displays virtually all of the 2.4 million books in the collection, an increase from only 15% of the collection on publicly-accessible shelves in the previous building.
  • The proposed Minnesota Planetarium and Space Discovery Center atop the New Central Library could be completed by 2010.

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Location

300-328 Nicollet Mall
2-28 4th Street South, 1-37 3rd Street South, 301-329 Hennepin Avenue
300 Nicollet Mall
55401
Downtown West
Central
Minneapolis
Minnesota
U.S.A.

Technical Data

105.29 ft
105.29 ft
5
2
2003
May 2006
6
4

Involved Companies


Architectural Alliance

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Features & Amenities

  • Atrium is present
  • Green roof is present
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Panoramic elevators are present
  • Public parking is available
  • Raised floors are available
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