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Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota

by Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect Jean Nouvel


1999-2006, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jean Nouvel, architect.

Photo © Roland Halbe, courtesy Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Architect Jean Nouvel experimented with color and light when he designed the nine-story Guthrie Theater complex in Minneapolis. Completed in 2006, the theater is shocking blue by day. When night falls, the walls melt into the darkness and enormous, illuminated posters - giant images of actors from past performances - fill the space. A yellow terrace and orange LED images on the towers add vivid splashes of color.

The Pritzker jury noted that Jean Nouvel's design for the Guthrie is "responsive to the city and the nearby Mississippi River, and yet, it is also an expression of theatricality and the magical world of performance."


  • Design: Architectural Alliance in collaboration with Jean Nouvel
  • Size: 250,000 square feet
  • Stages: main thrust stage (1,100-seat); proscenium theater (700 seat); experimental area (250 seat)
  • Location: Historic Mills District on the banks of the Mississippi River

SOURCE: Architectural Alliance, accessed April 15, 2012.

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