Stunning Two-Faced Skyscraper in Minneapolis   Leave a comment


This is one super-cool skyscraper.

Capella Tower (also 225 South Sixth) is a skyscraper in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The building opened in 1992 with the First Bank Place being the headquarters for First Bank System. In 1997, First Bank System acquired US Bancorp and changed the name of the building to US Bancorp Place. The headquarters of US Bancorp moved into the US Bancorp Center in 2000, whereupon the tower changed to 225 South 6th Street. In March 2009, the building took its present name.

The ranking of the building as the tallest in Minneapolis is in dispute. The IDS Center is usually said to be taller by one foot, even by the owners of Capella Tower. It was initially said to be built one foot shorter out of respect for the IDS Center; however, in 2005, it was revealed that contractors had surreptitiously added 14 inches of height to Capella, therefore making it taller than the main roof of IDS Center. In February 2005, the IDS counted a 16-foot (4.9 m) tall window washing garage built on its roof in 1979 as part of its actual height, making it 14 feet (4.3 m) taller than Capella Tower. This ambiguity between official measurements and public relations statements might be due in some part to the “halo” that extends out from the roof, which is apparently included in the building’s official height (though this is unclear).[1]

The IDS is taller on two measures. The IDS’s communications spires add a significant amount of height making it 910 feet (280 m), and it remains the tallest building in Minneapolis if measured by number of stories (57 vs. 56; actually tied for first with neighbor Wells Fargo Center).

The building’s total office space is 1,400,000 square feet (130,000 m2).

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The office building, designed by Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners, is laid out on an L-shaped site with the 56-story tower connected to the 20-story Park Building by a corner winter garden. The building combines six-story cubes and various round towers which echo the different styles of buildings in downtown Minneapolis. The illuminated semicircle located atop the tower is not only decorative but also houses an antenna farm and communications network. This feature has given the building the nickname the “Halo Building”.

225 South Sixth/Capella Tower

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Posted April 6, 2016 by markosun in Buildings

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