Modern theater provides views of history

October 17, 2006

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 while providing views of the Mississippi River and the city’s historic waterfront structures. The $125 million building opened in June.
The players: Architects,
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, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn., Innovative Structural Glass Inc., Three Rivers, Calif.; glass manufacturer, PPG Industries, Pittsburgh; 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 windows with Starphire glass, a Vanceva interlayer and low-e coating.
The systems: 6750 Series four-sided factory-glazed structural curtain wall; 2550 Series custom operating windows and the SuperWall system.

Photos by John Devlin, Richfield, Minn.