This building replaces the original Ralph Rapson & Associates Inc.-designed Guthrie Theater located next to the Walker Art Center Gallery Tower in the Lowry Hill neighborhood. Founded in 1963, the Guthrie is one of the leading regional theater companies in North America. Nouvel’s first building in the United States, he drew inspiration from the industrial and mill structures along the Mississippi River. Important design elements include a twilight-blue glass & metal facade with images etched into the surface.
The complex includes 3 separate theaters: a replica of the iconic 1100-seat thrust stage theater on the west side, a 750-seat proscenium theater on the east, and a smaller 250-seat theater for studio or experimental work on the 9th floor.
The “Endless Bridge”, a cantilevered walkway stretching 178 feet over West River Parkway, provides stunning views of the Mississippi River, Stone Arch Bridge, and St. Anthony Falls.
Public access is limited to the first, fourth, fifth, eighth, and ninth floors.