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My new job at 10 Missions Media recently took me to Detroit, an appropriate destination for my foray into the automotive industry. I’ve been in the Detroit airport countless times, but never before had visited the city. I was so excited to check it out, and the reality was better than I imagined. Incredible, ornate old skyscrapers, people excited to talk about their city and the wonderful, amusing People Mover train. I can’t wait to get back to this great city!

4Marq is a 30-story residential tower by Mortenson. It’s going up at 4th Street and Marquette Avenue, on the same block as the 26-story Nic on Fifth residential tower and the upcoming 9-story Xcel Energy headquarters.

I love the design of this building, with a body white (albeit precast) shell surrounding a simple glass tower. This building won’t change the skyline, but it will be a nice addition from certain, northerly angles of downtown. [Read more about 4Marq HERE.] The white is such a nice contrast to our typical, Minneapolis style – which I love. This is one of several massive proposed or under construction residential developments in downtown.

On that subject, Minneapolis definitely has its own architectural theme. The Minneapolis style is typified by the use of blue or green reflective glass, warm colored stone (often quarried from southwestern Minnesota) and matte metallic accents. Examples include the Minneapolis Central Library, Target Field, LaSalle Plaza, the currently under construction Orchestra Hall and, my favorite, the IDS Center (International Style, to be specific, on the latter).

Quick construction update – August 17, 2014:

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This building will be the Minneapolis version of 432 Park Avenue, proposed to soon be the tallest building in New York City. One thousand feet shorter, of course, for our version…

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