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  • Minneapolis New Public Service Building

    A new home for public service in Minneapolis brings local government to street level. It defies the architectural pattern of inaccessible bureaucratic centers, instead creating an inviting space for the public that encourages personal connections, open dialogues and civic engagement.

    • Location
      • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    • Year:
      • 2020 (expected)
    • Client:
      • City of Minneapolis
    • Area:
      • 36,000 m2
    • Status:
    • Team:
      • Architect of Record: MSR
      • Engineering: BuroHappold
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  • Minneapolis’ New Public Service Building is an exercise in transparency. Marking Henning Larsen’s fifth project in North America, the project aims to use Scandinavian design principles to promote greater equity and accessibility in local government. Its sleek glass exterior reflects the imposing granite façade of the adjacent Minneapolis City Hall, suggesting a physical metaphor for the city’s evolving commitment to transparent, accessible representation. Housing 1,300 city employees from a range of municipal departments, the building consolidates, modernizes and brightens the face of local government. Designed with a central focus on public accessibility, it provides a physical infrastructure that better supports the diversity and civic dedication of Minneapolis.