In celebration of the Walker’s 75th anniversary, we announce a forward-thinking new plan to unify the Walker and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden into a more welcoming, community-oriented, and environmentally sustainable 19-acre campus for the next generation. Key features of the renovation include a new entry pavilion for the Walker, designed by Joan Soranno and John Cook of HGA Minneapolis, with enhanced indoor and outdoor amenities and spaces; a new Walker green space on the hillside by Petra Blaisse of Inside Outside, Amsterdam; and a reconstruction of the 26-year-old Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (a partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board), designed by Tom Oslund of oslund.and.assoc. of Minneapolis. The project also implements green-roof technology on the entry pavilion, the greening of Hennepin Avenue, rainwater reclamation systems in the Garden, and the addition of hundreds of new trees throughout the campus. With groundbreaking in August 2015, the Walker renovation will be completed in fall 2016, with the Garden reopening to the public in spring 2017. To get updates on the campus’ transformation, visit the Centerpoints blog.
Coming soon, a green, unified Walker/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden campus
Image: © HGA Minneapolis and Inside Outside