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Nelson Cultural Center
Inspired by the distinct beauty of the historic 1908 Turnblad mansion, the Nelson Cultural Center consists of traditional Swedish aesthetics while prioritizing the use of sustainable technologies. Architectural elements emphasize natural wood, glass, stone and textiles; an open and welcoming layout; and handcrafted detailing. The Cultural Center includes facilities for contemporary exhibitions, administrative offices, collections care, and expanded programs.
At the center of the expansion, an open lawn serves two purposes: It creates a field for 90 geothermal wells that will be used to cool and heat the expansion while doubling as a gathering space for outdoor events. Additional gardens recall Sweden's rich design history through traditional planted forms and species native to both Sweden and Minnesota. Collectively, these gardens unify a city block to create a cohesive urban place shared by the institution and the community.
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