A commercial building made out of shipping crates is proposed for the North Loop and will be considered by the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole on March 27.
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The project, located at the intersection of Fourth Street and Fifth Avenue North, is the work of a Minneapolis marketing firm named Akquracy. Building design comes courtesy of New York-based architectural firm Lot-ek.
We spoke yesterday with Akquracy owner Scott Petinga, but he didn't want to comment on the proposal, saying "a lot of stuff is still up in the air," including funding and a feasibility study.
But in materials provided to the city, Lot-ek writes that Akquracy "was keenly interested [in] shipping containers up-cycling practice for the new building, citing design and sustainability as primary drivers." (The crates are also relatively cheap.)
"The design concept employs sixty 40 [foot] shipping containers -- some of which are cut at 30 or 60 degrees -- that are combined to form a 100 [foot by] 100 [foot] rhomboidal donut," the memo says, adding that the containers would be stacked three levels high.
The upper floors of the building would feature "open office space for a digital marketing agency, along with a smaller suite of co-shared business incubator spaces."
The ground floor would sport a cafe/restaurant and a clothing store.
If the proposal passes muster with the Committee of the Whole, it could advance to the full Planning Commission and then onward to the City Council.
To see another rendering, click to page two.
Here's another look: