Joining Old With New
BOREALIS (Latin), adjective, “northern”
Borealis is a fresh take on an historic site. An enormous subterranean stone tunnel lies under the site, funneling the waters of Bassett Creek to the nearby Mississippi, “the Father of Waters.” Long ago, the Great Northern Railway had its starting point in Minneapolis’s North Loop. Steeped in history and standing on vestiges of the past, Borealis weaves old and new together in a singularly bespoke way.
Designed as a neo-Warehouse District building meant to complement its historic neighbors, Borealis opened in March 2018. It replaced a parking lot near the adjoining 1893 Itasca V building, also owned by Solhem. Borealis brings energy and life to the historic streetscape while providing extra parking for commuters and theater patrons. We aim to create community through thoughtful, sustainable design infused with a fun, modern vibe.