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California Building Annex
The Artist Studio Building is a 94,000 sq. ft. (8,733 sq. m) studio and residential building for Artists containing 53 art studios and 22 residences. The building is positioned on the boundary of an industrial area and a residential neighborhood in the city of Minneapolis. The design of the building has to simultaneously fit the scale and materiality of the existing industrial context and offer a suitable form for the adjacent low-rise residential neighborhood. The building is centered around a public entry lobby core of glass and concrete that is rendered in the scale of the nearby warehouses. A performance space has been inserted into this core. Object-like, its physical projection from interior to exterior creates a moment of tension between two adjacent forms. The two forms composed around the core are the studio and residential components, which are broken into smaller masses of masonry and panelized concrete to reflect the residential context. The building’s landscaped courtyard contains an outdoor artist work space and a sculpture garden for presentation and display of various works of art.