In the last week, I was able to visit the Minneapolis office of Gensler to see recent projects and get a sneak peek of upcoming work. Senior Associate Betsy Vohs, Principal Bill Lyons, and Designer Amy Barthel showed me some fine Midwestern hospitality while we talked about the firm and the Twin Cities market. The Gensler Minneapolis office is relatively new, having grown from two people in 2007 to 16 employees today, and has designed a number of offices for creative clients as well as showrooms. Gensler Minneapolis has also designed a number of Room & Board stores in various cities across the country, with more to come. Two of the firm’s recent projects are shown below, the office for advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy and the showroom for Parameters, which is the exclusive distributor of Knoll Inc. office furniture in the Twin Cities.
A wall graphic, depicting Minneapolis and St. Paul, at the entrance to the Gensler Minneapolis office.
On a table at Gensler Minneapolis: drawings and samples from a recent project.
This is the interior of Wieden + Kennedy’s Minneapolis office, designed by Gensler. The welcoming, innovation-friendly work environment combines aesthetics of old and new. Photo by Paul Crosby.
A comfortable work environment and open atmosphere inside the interior of Wieden + Kennedy’s Minneapolis office, designed by Gensler. Photo by Paul Crosby.
A kitchen in the Wieden + Kennedy Minneapolis office. Photo by Paul Crosby.
Inside the showroom of Parameters in Minneapolis, designed by Gensler. Parameters has been the exclusive distributor of Knoll Inc. office furniture in the Twin Cities market. Photo by Paul Crosby.
Gensler’s design of the Parameters showroom in Minneapolis allows the modern Knoll furnishings to standout. Photo by Paul Crosby.
Inside the Parameters showroom. Photo by Paul Crosby.