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American Swedish Institute, Nelson Cultural Center
Inspired by the American Swedish Institute's historic Turnblad mansion of 1903, the Nelson Cultural Center consists of traditional Swedish aesthetics while integrating sustainable technologies. The landscape draws inspiration from diverse Swedish landscapes, including Swedish Gords (a series of small outdoor rooms), and open lawns, here providing a field over 90 geothermal wells while doubling as a gathering space. Additional features recall Sweden's rich design history through traditional planted forms and species native to both Sweden and Minnesota, from the imaginary gardens of Pippi Longstocking to the historic gardens of famed Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus.
Sustainable materials include low-maintenance plantings, pervious paving, high-efficiency irrigation, and a sloping green roof and terrace that reduce energy costs and rainwater run-off.