one year after unveiling the preliminary design for the walker art centerís $90 million expansion and remodeling, the swiss architectural firm herzog & de meuron, in partnership with minneapolis-based hammel, green and abrahamson, inc. (hga), present the most recent plans for the project. at a meeting of the walkerís board of directors on april 15, the architects unveiled plans that more clearly define the vision for the walkerís expanded facility. when completed in 2005, it will be a model 21st-century arts center with audience engagement and experiential learning at its core. construction on an underground parking facility, to be owned and operated by the city of minneapolis, will begin in june 2002. design refinements for the walker facility will continue for one year with groundbreaking scheduled for late spring 2003.
in addition to the four-acre park, key outdoor elements include a plaza along hennepin avenue and rooftop terraces with spectacular urban and park views. the architects are exploring using an exterior cladding incorporating a transparent membrane of coated glass fiber fabric, which when illuminated from within glows like a lantern.
transparent and open to the city and the surrounding neighborhood, and designed for seamless movement both indoors and out, the expanded walker art center will enhance the artistic, educational, and social experience for visitors of all ages.
architects: herzog and de meuron