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Local Design-Michaela Ostertag

The IDS tower is the tallest building in downtown Minneapolis with 57 floors. It was designed by Philip Johnson and his firm Johnson/Burgee Architects. Construction began in 1968 and finished in 1972. It is located at 80 8th Street South. The IDS tower is made out of steel and glass, and is known most for Crystal Court, a plaza located on ground level off of Nicollet Mall. This is a great plaza, not only do you feel welcome, but it is absolutely gorgeous. Water falling from the ceiling (105ft) in one portion of the plaza muffles the noise for those sitting at nearby benches. The water is caught in a large circular basin that is central to the planters with greenery and lights. There used to be an observation deck, but was closed to the public in 1994. The building is a prime example of strong stable modernistic design. It is what defines the Minneapolis skyline at night.

The IDS Tower (above)

Crystal Court (below)


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