The curving two-story addition gives height, movement and mass to a building that had been stereotyped as a “bland one story box.” This was the first major construction project by Hennepin County to be completed using the Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide. The Cobalt Coffee shop joined the addition and enhances both the experience at the service center.
This renovation project incorporated much green architecture: recycled paint was used; space was reconfigured to blend the old building seamlessly with the new space; clerestory windows from the old building were retained to feed light into the new staff; and many recycled doors and windows were used.
City - Brooklyn Center
State - Minnesota
Architect - Buetow & Associates / Abraham + Associates
Size - 135,000 sq