Overview

Rochester Art Center

Rochester, Minnesota

Overview

The Rochester Art Center unfolds in two architectural volumes linked by a glass lobby that frames views of downtown Rochester and the Zumbro River. The Tower block serves as the structural anchor for the cantilevered, three-story Art Box gallery wing, which appears to float over a glass lobby and the river. The Zumbro River Gardens surround the building with foliage, creating a serene setting for visitors.

The two simple volumes, slightly offset and clad in different metals - copper and zinc - are handled well. The zinc box seems to float, with the space between the two masses bringing light into the center.
- AIA Minnesota Honor Awards Jury

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Rochester Art Center