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Minneapolis Theater Hydraulic Window

It seems only fitting that the one-of-a-kind Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN, should have a door just as unique. In the case of the 285,000 sq. ft. Guthrie Theater, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the door is not really a door. It’s instead a 17′ x 16′ operable window built into the side of the theater’s Endless Bridge, an observation platform that cantilevers 178′ outward from the theater’s fourth floor lobby on the Mississippi River side. It provides spectacular views of the historic river valley, St. Anthony Falls, the Stone Arch Bridge, and the Mill Ruins Park.

To the lower left is an example of the new Guthrie Theater hydraulic door that is used as a ticket sales booth at the Guthrie Theatre. The modern and simple style of the door camouflages into the wall when closed with a seamless finish while it functions with both purpose and aesthetics.

The door was designed by W.J. Higgins & Associates of Wausau, IW. and fabricated by Schweiss Bifold Doors of Fairfax, MN. It employs ground-breaking hydraulic technology to offer the theater’s guests a breathtaking view of the adjacent Mississippi River.