Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

Home to one of the oldest and most influential theater groups in the United States, this new building designed by Jean Nouvel includes a 1 100-seat thrust theater, a 700-seat proscenium theater and a 300-seat black box.

Guthrie TheaterProscenium Theater as seen from stage.
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Guthrie TheaterProscenium Theater stage as seen from balcony.
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Guthrie TheaterProscenium Theater.
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Guthrie TheaterGuthrie Theater.
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Guthrie TheaterExterior view of the Guthrie Theater.
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Guthrie TheaterEndless bridge overlooking the Mississippi River.
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Guthrie TheaterInterior of endless bridge.
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Information Sheet


Location   Minneapolis, USA.

Project Cost   $95 million (approximately 70 million €).

Time Frame   Design 2001, opening May 2006.

Owner   Guthrie Theatre Foundation.

Architect(s)   Jean Nouvel, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Paris.

Theatre Planner(s)   dUCKS Scéno, France, and Fisher Dachs Associates, New York.

Acoustician(s)   Talaske Group, Chicago, and Kahle Acoustics, Brussels.

Seat Count   Three theatres: 1 100-seat thrust theatre, 700-seat proscenium theatre, and 300-seat Black Box theatre. Total area 22 000 m².

Uses   Home to the Guthrie Theater, one of oldest and most important theatre groups in the United States.

Services   Basic and acoustical concept; acoustical and theater planning consulting throughout the project.

Team   Eckhard Kahle, Kahle Acoustics (acoustic concept design and European design team coordination); in collaboration with Rick Talaske, Gregory Miller and Jonathan Laney, Talaske, Chicago (acoustics and audio-design, construction oversight and commissioning).

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