!melk (in collaboration with Tom Leader Studio) created a vision for an invigorated public realm by revamping Nicollet Mall into a contemporary destination for culture and commerce. The proposal re-shapes an underperforming downtown commercial corridor into a unique urban hybrid with a linear park, shopping corridor and market, as well as a hub for public transport.
A carefully tailored streetscape typology builds on the original Lawrence Halprin design by using and enhancing the meandering patterns while introducing new concepts such as “knots,” which are landscape elements that concentrate program and street elements (lights, furnishings, trees) at specific locations. This strategy was specially developed to increase circulation flow. Also, the thoughtful composition harmonizes the pedestrian realm. !melk’s Nicollet Mall design increases the variety of programmatic zones. Not only does the proposal connect a series of large gathering spaces along the corridor, it also extends outward to engage the various neighborhoods as well as the Mississippi River.
Tom Leader Studio (landscape architect), Barr (civil engineer, stormwater management, & SMEP), Community Design Group (community engagement pedestrian planning), Bruce Mau Design (identity & signage), L'Observatoire (lighting design)