Guthrie design lifts architect to center stage

"Guthrie design lifts architect to center stage"
By Mary Abbe, Star Tribune, March 30, 2008

Jean Nouvel has won architecture's highest honor, the Pritzker Prize, partly for his design of the Guthrie Theater. Five Minneapolis buildings have been designed by a Pritzker winner: Philip Johnson's IDS Tower, Kenzo Tange's addition to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Frank Gehry's Weisman Art Museum, and Jacques Herzog's and Pierre de Meuron's addition to the Walker Art Center.

Dean Tom Fisher was quoted in the Star Tribune piece, saying the Guthrie was the "premier new project of the past several years" in the Twin Cities.

"Nouvel 'quite literally thinks outside the box,' Fisher said. 'In the case of the Guthrie, he put the ramp/bridge outside the building, the scenery shop atop the parking garage across the street, and stacked the theaters up in the air. Those are indications of the way he thinks; he comes up with surprising, innovative solutions to common problems.'"