Capella Tower

Capella Tower, Minneapolis-Minnesota - United States, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Construction year: 1992
Address: 225 South Sixth | MINNEAPOLIS-MINNESOTA | United States | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 44.97620, -93.26848

This office complex, erected on an L-shaped site, is a rationalized response to disparate urban conditions and also to the need to accommodate two major corporate tenants with individual identities. In solution, the building includes a 58-story tower that acknowledges nearby high-rises, a 20-story building that responds to mid-rise neighbors and defines a previously borderless park, and finally, a corner winter garden that hinges the complex together while focusing smaller-scale historic landmarks.

The mass is built up with six-story cubes, or locally scaled building blocks, and round towers of various heights and diameter that speak to the larger city. Each component has a different orientation and grid pattern, but all are unified by a common geometry, related materials and a ground-level arcade. Atop the whole is an illuminated crown which, housing an antennae farm and communications network, signals the existence of a significant urban event in this part of the city.

The building’s base is carved away to create a permeable membrane of public amenity and circulation. Street life is thus revalidated in a city where pedestrian traffic has been largely rerouted through elevated skywalks. First Bank Place itself plays a key role in the skywalk system, providing shelter from Minneapolis’s sub-zero winters by means of bridges to neighboring buildings.

Text © Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

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