American Swedish Institute Announces Major Addition to Support Growing Programs
HGA Architects and Engineers has unveiled design plans for a 34,000-square-foot, two-level addition to the American Swedish Institute (ASI) in Minneapolis. To be built on an open lot adjacent to ASI's 1908 Turnblad mansion, the Nelson Cultural Center addition acknowledges the historic character of the mansion while establishing a distinct architectural presence that considers contemporary and traditional Swedish aesthetics and landscape.
"The Nelson Cultural Center, along with renovation and landscaping plans, has been thoroughly designed to support our mission and keep pace with our growing programs and audiences, especially with other Nordic community partners," said Bruce Karstadt, American Swedish Institute president and chief executive officer. "The contemporary design embraces Swedish and Nordic values, particularly respect for innovative design, nature and quality materials, and the environment, through energy conservation and sustainable building practices."