Architecture and interior design firm Stonehill & Taylor is putting the final touches on the 360-room Radisson Blu Minneapolis, opening next month. Formerly the Radisson Plaza, the renovated property takes its design cues from the character and history of Minnesota.
“Many Minnesotan families and businesses can trace their origins to early settlers from Scandinavia, where the Radisson brand also has its roots,” Michael Suomi, design director of Stonehill & Taylor, said in a statement. “We honed in on this intersection in creating the hotel’s new look.”
A large video wall serves as the lobby’s focal point, while a huge domed pendant fixture brings depth to the 16-story-tall atrium. New gathering spaces are outfitted with Scandinavian-inspired furnishings that accommodate groups. Local influences continue in the adjacent FireLake restaurant and bar, where most of the walls, columns, beams, and ceilings are clad in reclaimed wood from old barns throughout the state. Rough finishes, combined with copper and steel elements, complete the rustic look.
The second and third floors feature expanded event space, with pre-function areas designed as galleries to showcase local artists’ contemporary pieces that celebrate the architecture and history of Minneapolis. The art program continues in the revamped guestrooms, anchored by neutral tones and casegoods in a soft gray wood finish.
Graven Images of Scotland served as the project's interior design consultants.