Architects Plan 5,000-SF Expansion of Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center
- May 21, 2015
HGA Architects and Dutch-based firm Inside Outside are planning a massive overhaul of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The Architect’s Newspaper reports.
Construction work on the project began this year, on the occasion of the center’s 75th anniversary, and is scheduled for completion by Memorial Day 2017. The plan includes a new, transparent entryway, as well as a redesign of outdoor spaces. The project incorporates a 5,000-square-foot lobby, new galleries, a new-media laboratory, rooftop terraces, a museum shop and underground parking.
According to The Architect’s Newspaper, the new entryway will be completely transparent and will feature a horizontal 10-by-40-foot area reserved for custom art installations. As most visitors enter the museum through the below-grade parking garage, that part of the building will also be remodeled.
The Walker Art Center at 1750 Hennepin Ave. was established in 1927 and is located right across the street from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the Cowles Conservatory. In 2005, Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron designed an expansion that doubled the size of the museum and added new galleries, a 385-seat theater and a restaurant.
The center is considered one of the “big five” modern art museums in the nation, alongside the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn and the Guggenheim Museum.
Image courtesy of HGA Architects