Guthrie Theater

The basics:

The dark blue-clad 285,000-square-foot Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis features a range of custom glazing that maximizes daylight in gathering spaces and provides views of the Mississippi River and the city’s historic waterfront structures. The $125 million building opened in June.


The players:

Architect, Jean Nouvel,, Paris, Architectural Alliance, Minneapolis; McGough Construction Co., St. Paul, Minn.; curtain and window wall supplier, Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Wausau, Wis.; contract glazier, Harmon Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn.; glass suppliers, Dlubak Corp., Blairsville, Pa., Viracon, Owatonna, Minn., Innovative Structural Glass Inc., Three Rivers, Calif.; glass manufacturer, Pilkington, United Kingdom; glazing finisher, Linetec, Wausau; interlayer supplier, Solutia, St. Louis.


The glass:

Three types of high-performance 1-inch, argon-filled insulating units, one with a VE-2M low-emissivity coating on the No. 2 surface, one with VE-85 low-e on the No. 2 surface and one with a VS-08 reflective coating on the No. 4 surface. Yellow vision glass with Vanceva interlayer and low-e coating. Additional curved glass units, the largest being 82 inches by 176 inches, consist of a 1⁄4-inch lite of Pilkington Energy Advantage low-e on the No. 2 surface, a 1⁄2-inch argon-filled airspace, and a 1⁄2-inch laminated clear inboard lite with annealed glass. Tremco Spectrum II secondary seal of 1⁄2 inch by 3⁄8 inch was used for structural purposes.


The systems:

6750 Series four-sided factory-glazed structural curtain wall; 2550 Series custom operating windows and the SuperWall system.