While the Guthrie is well known for its regional, national and international productions, it is also a welcoming, urban gathering place. Influenced by the size, scale and history of the historic mills adjacent to the site, the building provides amazing views.
One of the signature features of the new Guthrie, the cantilevered lobby known as the "Endless Bridge" is an observatory for the Mississippi River falls and landscape. Jean Nouvel's primary goal was to create an exciting and inspiring place for people to gather at the river. The windows on the bridge walls are all set on predetermined sightlines. Framed and "forced perspective" views highlight and give focus to many nearby historical landmarks. Stretching more than half a block (178 feet) from the building face, the 30-foot-wide Endless Bridge towers over West River Parkway. One of the longest occupied cantilevers in the world, the Guthrie's Endless Bridge is quite an engineering feat.
Watch WCCO TV's Guest Pass visit to the Guthrie's Endless Bridge
Dowling Studio Lobby
As a trademark of the avant-garde nature of the Dowling Studio space, Nouvel included a daring design element, an amber glass cantilevered lobby with a breathtaking birds'-eye view of the Mississippi River, the Minneapolis skyline and adjacent landmarks. To obtain its signature hue, the glass is "fritted," or tempered with a ceramic-based paint permanently bonded onto it.
A destination for a pre-show, intermission or post-show drink or snack or a destination for a night out, the Target Lounge has a full bar and a snack menu to please any palate. The Target Lounge is open Tuesday through Sunday (show nights only), 5 p.m. - midnight.
Lobbies on Level One, Level Four and Level Five
The Guthrie is open every day! Visit us when you're in the neighborhood to see the views that captured architect Jean Nouvel's imagination. Bring your laptop and use the Guthrie's Wi-Fi network while lounging in one of the chairs on Level Four or Level Five. Accompany your out-of-town guests on an impromptu walk through our gorgeous lobby spaces.
Are you looking to host a meeting, corporate event or private party?
You can rent space at the Guthrie.