Libraries are usually quiet places, but while the Minneapolis Central Library might be silent inside, Cesar Pelli’s striking design is no shrinking violet. The arresting steel-and-glass structure, located in a busy downtown district, brandishes a 90-ton beam that runs through the building and juts out into the cityscape. According to Pelli, "The wing gives the building character, makes it civic. Working with local Hunter Douglas partner Jim Tegan of Tegan Marketing, the architects specified interior and exterior Hunter Douglas’ Luxalon® metal ceilings to cover the wing. Their smooth, uniform surface reflects light and helps create a luminous glow, and perforated planks enhance acoustical absorption for the interiors. In the 25 meeting rooms, Pelli specified Techstyle® acoustical ceilings by Hunter Douglas to help ensure quiet for those inside (and out). Their VOC-free construction also preserves indoor air quality.
Bendheim Channel Glass Creates the Walls of the Minneapolis Central Library
Single-glazed channel glass walls can be found on each level of the Minneapolis Central Library, with many of the walls reaching heights of 17’ 6” tall. Set in a custom frame system, the textured glass provides privacy for the readers while giving the space a sense of openness.