Talking Tower

What local architects say about the IDS

The IDS is such a graceful beautiful tower; it’s clearly the best of any contemporary tall buildings in the area.  Every new building that goes up verified IDS as the premier tower. I think it put Minneapolis on the map – in one fell swoop – as a national player.
Tom Meyer
Meyer, Scherer and Rockcastle

It really hasn’t gone out of style, like most great architecture, it transcends trends.  The proportion and the materials are beautiful.  It’s minimal without being sterile.  I like the ethereal nature of the reflective blue glass, which changes depending upon the season or the time of the day.  Sometimes it can look very gray and other times it’s very blue and very intense.  It still looks fresh and it still looks relevant to the 21st century, and that’s hard to do.  It has also been so well preserved.  When so many other buildings downtown are looking tired or past their prime, the IDS always looks great.
Joan Soranno
HGA Architects and Engineers

It’s a wonderful, timeless building, …It doesn’t necessarily speak to a particular era in skyscrapers.  It could have been made now.  The Crystal Court is by far the best skyway space in the city, and the only one that achieves what it possible in the skyway.  It really works as an urban space, the two-story visual connection between the second floor and the street.  I wish more of the skyway system would follow the Crystal Court precedent.
James Dayton
James Dayton Design

The Multifood Tower – it’s called 33 South Sixth now, but to me it’s always the Salmon Loaf – never changes.  But the IDS has moods.  The glass and its reflectivity give it a chameleon-like presence.  Johnson really got the skyways right.  They’re tall, they’re wide, they have those huge areas of plate glass and those skylights … I don’t want to give Johnson too much credit because he did some really lousy, anti-urban architecture over the course of his career. In a way, Minneapolis really lucked out because in that particular moment in history, he had refined his abilities with the modern idiom.  It’s going to be a great building in another 40 years.
Phillip Koski
Leo A Daly

The height was a very conscious effort on our part. But as far as that goes, the out-of scaleness of the Chartres Cathedral in France is shocking when seen from afar,
Philip Johnson told the Minneapolis Star in 1972.

The Crystal Court is the single, finest enclosed space in any city in the United States,
sociologist William Whyte told the Star Tribune in 1984. When you are in the Crystal Court, you know exactly where you are. It’s the city’s heartbeat.”

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