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The Idea Factory

Author(s) John Steingraeber
Date Posted April 23, 2010 6:42 PM
Program M. Arch
Instructor Swackhamer

The Idea Factory is an 85,000sf research and production facility for prefab housing. Inspired by its proximity to The Walker Arts Center and two technical colleges, The Idea Factory seeks to merge industrial production with academic building research. Sited on a narrow brownfield area between the Bryn Mawr neighborhood and downtown Minneapolis, The Idea Factory includes an extensive green roof which re-establishes the surface continuity that was destroyed by the construction of Interstate Highway 394. A series large-scale display vitrines pierce this roof, allowing the public to view the factory floor below.