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Henning Larsen reimagines public service for the City of Minneapolis




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Image © Henning Larsen

Henning Larsen, together with MSR Design, is designing the New Public Service Building for Minneapolis. The design focuses on an efficient and effective customer-centric experience, enabling the people of Minneapolis to meet with the City’s public administration ‘at eye-level’.

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Image © Henning Larsen

By consolidating multiple City departments into a new office building adjacent to the existing City Hall, this project will form the new face of public service for the City. “Our aim is to set a new architectural agenda in North America through our knowledge-based Scandinavian design approach,” states Louis Becker, Henning Larsen’s Design Principal.

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Image © Henning Larsen

“It is our hope that this building will foster openness – literally and figuratively – in the meeting between citizens and public servants – by exposing administrative functions and offering easy, equal access to everyone, regardless of age, gender and social background,” says Louis Becker.

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Image © Henning Larsen

The New Public Service Building is designed from the inside out, encouraging a professional, authentic, and vibrant community that reflects the diversity of Minneapolis. At its core is a wholly re-imagined public service model in concert with an innovative and collaborative workplace focused on health, wellness and interdepartmental connectivity.

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Image © Henning Larsen

As an urban gesture, the building volume is elevated to create a ground floor that is visually and physically accessible to the public, while establishing a dialogue with City Hall.

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The first two levels promote an open and welcoming environment that creates a sense of community, promotes equity and accessibility and showcases a customer-centric public service model. Source and images Courtesy of Henning Larsen.

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