Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Orono, MN
       
     
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Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Orono, MN
       
     
Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Orono, MN

At the this arts education facility, the landscape and site are designed to merge the geometry of the building complex with the surrounding fragmented rural landscape to heighten the instructional objectives of the art center. An alleé and entry drive mirror the geometry of a large art wall and the central gathering courtyard to provide a glimpse of the center's purpose to cars moving past the complex. The alleé also serves as a spatial divider - creating a public space that contains the main entry, dining terraces, and sculpture garden, and an instructional space that contains the outdoor classrooms, loading dock, and student/staff parking. The instructional spaces of the building complex are dominated by the outdoor studio courtyards overlooking passive stormwater infrastructure. Bioretention swales frame courtyards that reveal the process of making art by allowing the visitor or student to see into the studio spaces from adjacent public entry or event spaces. The site and landscape components of the project are designed to reflect the intentions of the building and merge the process of making art with the surrounding landscape.


colorplan.jpg
       
     
mca014_sq.jpg
       
     
_winter-AC.jpg
       
     
10-15-004.JPG
       
     
MCA001_sq.jpg
       
     
Plein Air PwithAcrylics.jpg