Ridgedale Center

Ridgedale Center

In 2017, the City of Minnetonka began a long-envisioned transformation of Ridgedale, an area in the northern portion of the city that features several retail and mixed-use residential complexes gathered around the Ridgedale Center mall. Their vision was to create identity and a pedestrian-friendly, walkable hub of activity for residents and visitors alike. This revitalization started with the renovation of the Ridgedale Center mall, and the city worked hand-in-hand with developers to build in their ideals of a pedestrian-friendly experience with the overall expansion and revitalization of the mall’s structures and retailers. Mall owners GGN (now under the ownership of CBRE) began by creating restaurant/entertainment pads – including outdoor patios and landscaping — in the northwest corner of the mall’s parking lot. The elements of the exterior were designed to create a modern, upscale experience that tied directly into the identity created by the City of Minnetonka for the greater Ridgedale area. All elements, from the Kornegay Larkspur planters and Landscape Forms furnishings to the signage façade and glass entryways were chosen to blend with and elevate this modern aesthetic for the benefit of all in the space. In particular, the architects at GGN were drawn to the Larkspur planters for their sculptural quality, and made the choice to place them on raised pedestals similar to those showcasing custom sculpture artwork within the mall interior.