Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) has been appointed to design a renewal and expansion of the Minnesota Orchestral Association’s (MOA) Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. The renovation will be directed by Bruce Kuwabara, design partner, and Marianne McKenna, partner-in-charge.
The $40 million project to revitalize Orchestra Hall will focus on a dramatic reinvention of its public lobby spaces, a welcoming exterior that better connects the Hall to the vibrant city outside, a refreshed auditorium and updated backstage facilities.
KPMB was the unanimous choice of the six-member Minnesota Orchestra Architect Selection Committee and its professional advisory panel, after a seven month international search. Known for its particular expertise with renovation projects and performing arts venues, KPMB has recently designed 11 major cultural projects, eight of them performing arts facilities.