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Radisson RED Minneapolis, Minneapolis

Photo: Bergerson Photography, courtesy of 3A Composites USA

Art, music and fashion were inspirations for the design of Radisson RED Minneapolis, which features a metal-clad frame element on its façade. Steven Wolf, AIA, director of architecture and design, Americas, at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, says, “We wanted to create a framed aesthetic. We wanted a frame for the building as well as a black box theater effect where guests’ interactions take center stage and are celebrated.”

The façade acts as an abstract frame for artwork in the interior. “The hotel interior is meant to feel like a museum where the building is the canvas,” Wolf says. “In addition, you’ll never see any framed, hung art inside the building. You’ll see murals on the walls and graphic wall coverings.”

Radisson RED Minneapolis’ red, black, white and gray interior features a 128-foot-wide by 13-foot-tall mural about a local story, “Murder of Crows,” painted by Adam Turman, a local artist.

Terry Gruenhagen, AIA, LEED AP, is principal at ESG Architecture and Design, which designed the project with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, the owner. “The exterior of this hotel is very contemporary and is designed to make a signature statement,” Gruenhagen says. “The overall design concept had to meet a high-quality standard to comply with the requirement from Carlson [Rezidor Hotel Group] that it serve as a brand identifier.”

Atomic Architectural Sheet Metal Inc. fabricated and installed 33,656 square feet of 3A Composites USA Inc.’s 4-mm Alucobond Plus metal composite material (MCM) in Focus Black. It installed approximately 4,500, 1-foot, 4-inch by 4-foot panels with its dry-joint rainscreen system.

Rick Schmidberger, project manager at Atomic Architectural Sheet Metal, says excluding the windows, his company installed MCM panels on the entire exterior. “We had to carefully align the material around the windows and install it perfectly between floors,” he says. “The framed element on the building’s north side featured triangular shapes on the two front corners and across the top.”

Schmidberger says besides the framed element, the project was straightforward. “It was very large in terms of the number of panels and small sizes that were required to be fabricated and installed,” he says.

Radisson RED Minneapolis is located in the East Town neighborhood. The 90,010-square-foot, five-story hotel houses 164 rooms and was completed in November 2016.