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Jean Nouvel: Guthrie Theater
Jean Nouvel: Guthrie Theater
About the film
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  • Duration 28 minutes
  • Producer Edgar Howard
  • Director Muffie Dunn

Landmarks in 21st Century American Architecture Series

French architect Jean Nouvel has long been known in Europe for his bold, shimmering glass museums, concert halls, and high-rise towers.

Now the much-acclaimed new Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which opened in 2006, is displaying Nouvel’s remarkable talents to an American public.

With a cantilevered lobby that extends 175 feet over the Mississippi River, the dark midnight-blue, aluminum-paneled structure has captivated the culturally conscious city and helped spur the rejuvenation of a once-industrial waterfront.

In the tour, Nouvel takes us through three distinctive theaters he designed for the Guthrie, and out onto the cantilevered deck to view the legendary river that inspired the boldly elevated design.

Principal Funding provided by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

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