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3M Design Center

This reimagined workplace serves as the incubator for design thinking and the creative heartbeat within the company.

The open, multi-level studio provides ample opportunities for creative collaboration and innovation to occur among designers, customers, business staff, and scientists. Designed to attract top talent from across the globe, the minimalist, living-room type environment encourages outside-in engagement. The range of spaces offered include a quiet zone, collaborative areas, fast prototyping lab, materials library, brand labs, interactive area, and presentation spaces.

“3M and MSR created a comfortable, informal presentation space—dubbed the Design Hive—by cutting through a concrete floor. Rustic wood accents lend warmth throughout. . . . The center is less a temple to technology than it is a workplace designed to spur creativity.”
—Joel Hoekstra, Architecture Minnesota
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