BEST VIEW Minneapolis 2006 - Walker Art Center
It's been a year since the Walker expansion opened to the public and while many still debate the merits of the architectural design by Herzog & de Meuron, most will agree that the new building has contributed significantly by providing new ways to appreciate downtown Minneapolis from the Walker rooftop. At night, the balcony outside the 20.21 restaurant provides a welcome respite from all the culinary posing within. Lean against the wall with a drink in your hand and enjoy the soft glow of the Basilica, the bustle of Hennepin Avenue, the whimsical pedestrian bridge, the skyscrapers blinking beyond Loring Park. A visit to the Skyline Room on the top floor affords a similar scene, with the benefit of being inside on a wintry night. The terraces by Gallery 8, atop the older Walker building, offer a complete panorama of the Sculpture Garden, the shimmering glass of the Cowles Conservatory, and the ever-popular Spoonbridge and Cherry. The view from the uppermost heights of the Walker proves that you don't always need to be dozens of stories off the ground to appreciate the grand sweep of an urban landscape.