Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
The MacPhail Center for Music is one of the oldest cultural institutions in Minneapolis and among the most respected music organizations in the nation. Having outgrown their previous space, MacPhail relocated to the Minneapolis Mill District, amid renovated mill buildings and newer neo-mill architecture. The new MacPhail building stands out, clad in a dynamic massing of COR-TEN and galvanized steel panels, brick, and glass curtain wall, yet is highly in tune with its context, referencing the scale and materiality of the historic mills while avoiding derivative comparisons.
The 56,000-square-foot building houses a formal performance hall, 58 instruction studios, group classrooms, music therapy labs, and early childhood education classrooms, all with superior acoustics, state-of-the-art technology, and great flexibility to accommodate varied teaching and performance styles. In addition to the formal teaching spaces, the new MacPhail building also contains offices, a café, an outdoor performance courtyard, and a large central lobby that doubles as a secondary performance space.
Photography by Andrea Rugg