Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

Home to one of the oldest and most influential theater groups in the United States, this new building designed by Jean Nouvel includes a 1 100-seat thrust theater, a 700-seat proscenium theater and a 300-seat “black box”.

Information Sheet

New Build Guthrie Theater

Location Minneapolis, USA.

Project Cost $95 million (approx. 70 million € according to the opening year's conversion rate).

Time Frame Design: 2001. Opening: May 2006.

Owner Guthrie Theatre Foundation.

Architect(s) Jean Nouvel, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Paris

Theatre Planner(s) dUCKS Scéno, France  •  Fisher Dachs Associates, New York

Acoustician(s) Talaske Group, Chicago  •  Kahle Acoustics, Brussels.

Seat Count Three theatres: 1 100-seat thrust theatre, 700-seat proscenium theatre, and 300-seat “black box” theatre. Total area 22 000 m².

Uses Home to the Guthrie Theater, one of oldest and most important theatre groups in the United States.

Services Basic and acoustical concept; acoustical and theatre planning consulting throughout the project.

Team Eckhard Kahle, Kahle Acoustics (acoustic concept design and European design team coordination). In collaboration with Rick Talaske, Gregory Miller and Jonathan Laney, Talaske, Chicago (acoustics and audio-design, construction oversight and commissioning).

1/7Guthrie TheaterEndless bridge overlooking the Mississippi River. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
2/7Guthrie TheaterGuthrie Theater. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
3/7Guthrie TheaterExterior view of the Guthrie Theater. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
4/7Guthrie TheaterProscenium Theater as seen from stage. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
5/7Guthrie TheaterProscenium Theater. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
6/7Guthrie TheaterProscenium Theater stage as seen from balcony. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
7/7Guthrie TheaterInterior of endless bridge. Photo © Kahle Acoustics