Herzog & de Meuron
Project
1999-2002
Realization
2003-2005
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Process

In a premodern theater like the Scala, audiences are immersed in the events on stage.

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The original Walker Art Center of 1927, the 1940 extension and the 1971 building.

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The prairie with lakes, expressway, sculpture garden and city as points of reference.

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Sketches showing ideas for a dialogue between the existing building and the extension. In search of a suitable form and surface finish for the new tower, the possibilities of textile qualities, planar volumes, crinkling and cut-outs are explored.

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Instead of a flat, spiral alignment of galleries, the interim space is emphasized.

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The exhibition rooms are housed in two volumes that appear to have been cast like dice into the urban space of the connecting tract between the two towers.

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Ornamental design of the transitions between galleries and interim spaces.

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Models and production of the crinkling effect using different types of sheet metal.

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Two- and three-dimensional development and systematization of the folds and crinkles of the completed facade.

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The polygonal body of the new tower is clad with metal panels, while the textile element is reiterated in the leaf ornaments of the auditorium and interim spaces.

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The Walker between expressway, park and churches. Auditorium with theater boxes.

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Nooks and crannies, stairways, niches and pathways between the galleries and facade as an urban space embellished with lamps of rough glass. Restaurant and event space.

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The exhibition spaces are very low-key and achieve a sense of continuity by echoing the ceilings and the pale terrazzo flooring of the Barnes galleries.

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Drawings

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Team

Facts

Client
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Planning
This project was developed in collaboration with an architect licensed in the state of Minnesota acting as the "Architect of Record". Herzog & de Meuron is not licensed to practice architecture in the state of Minnesota.
Architect of Record: Hammel, Green and Abrahmson, Minneapolis, USA
Lead Design Architect: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Architect of Record: Hammel, Green and Abrahmson, Minneapolis, USA
Landscape Architect: Michel Desvigne, Paris, France
General Contractor: M.A, Mortensen, Minneapolis, USA
Structural Engineering: Hammel, Green and Abrahmson, Minneapolis, USA
Mechanical Engineering: Hammel, Green and Abrahmson, Minneapolis, USA
Electrical Engineering: Hammel, Green and Abrahmson, Minneapolis, USA
Specialist / Consulting
Acoustics Consulting: Kirkegaard Associates, Chicago, USA
Civil Engineering: Hammel, Green and Abrahmson, Minneapolis, USA
Facade Consulting: FRONT, New York, USA
Lighting Consulting: Isometrix Lighting + Design, London, UK
Theater Consulting: FDA. Fisher Dachs Associates, New York, USA
Traffic Consulting: Hammel, Green and Abrahmson, Minneapolis, USA
Signage Concept and Design: Walker Art Center: Andrew Blauvelt, Minneapolis, USA
Video Projectors: Sharp Electronics Corporation, Mahwah, USA
Signage Concept and Design: Pentagram, New York, USA
Synchronization and Animation: Dataton AB, Linköping, Sweden
Motion Graphics: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Audio/Visual Engineering: Kirkegaard Associates, Chicago, USA
Audio/Visual Installation: SPL Integrated Solutions, St. Paul, USA
Audio/Visual Installation: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Building Data
Site Area: 172'222 sqft, 16'000 sqm
Gross floor area (GFA): 109'996 sqft, 10'219 sqm
Footprint: 43'959 sqft, 4'084 sqm
Links
www.walkerart.org

Bibliography

Gerhard Mack, Herzog & de Meuron: “Herzog & de Meuron 1997-2001. The Complete Works. Volume 4.” Edited by: Gerhard Mack. Basel / Boston / Berlin, Birkhäuser, 2008. Vol. No. 4.

Luis Fernández-Galiano (Ed.): “Arquitectura Viva. Herzog & de Meuron 1978-2007.” 2nd rev. ed. Madrid, Arquitectura Viva, 2007.

Nobuyuki Yoshida (Ed.): “Architecture and Urbanism. Herzog & de Meuron 2002-2006.” Tokyo, A+U Publishing Co., Ltd., 08.2006.

Jacques Herzog, Brett Terpeluk: “Intervista a Jacques Herzog.” In: Francesco dal Co (Ed.). “Casabella. Rivista Internazionale di Architettura.” Vol. No. 741, Milan, Arnoldo Mondadori, 02.2006. pp. 24-25; pp. 107-108.

Fernando Márquez Cecilia, Richard Levene (Eds.): “El Croquis. Herzog & de Meuron 2002-2006. Monumento e Intimidad. The Monumental and the Intimate.” Vol. No. 129/130, Madrid, El Croquis, 2006.

Raymund Ryan: “Herzog & de Meuron. The Walker Art Center. Evoluzione dell’ornamento. Ornament Evolving.” In: Stefano Boeri (Ed.). Domus. Vol. No. 881, Milan, Domus S.p.A., 05.2005. pp. 26-45.

Expanding the Center. Walker Art Center and Herzog & de Meuron.” Edited by: Andrew Bauvelt. Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, 2005.

Fernando Márquez Cecilia, Richard Levene (Eds.): “El Croquis. Herzog & de Meuron 1998-2002. La Naturaleza del Artificio. The Nature of Artifice.” Vol. No. 109/110, Madrid, El Croquis, 2002.

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