Modern Love Veterinary


Architectural, Commercial, Interiors


North Loop, Downtown Minneapolis

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Completed 2017

A place for pets

Team: Shelter, Karkela Construction

Photos: studioTart

As Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood evolved from a manufacturing and distribution center into a vibrant residential community, our client recognized a need. Many of the area’s new households included pets — and they needed a place nearby to receive medical care.

Shelter devised a design that would get the most use out of a modest 2,555-square-foot space in an old rehabbed warehouse. Included are four exam rooms, a lab, imaging, surgery and dental facilities, dog and cat holding rooms, offices, a reception area, and a staff lounge.

The building’s masonry walls had few openings, so we obtained copies of original blueprints and historic photos to determine where we could add new, large windows that would provide bright interiors while conforming with historic designation guidelines.

In keeping with the neighborhood’s distinct character, our designs included polished concrete floors and exposed ductwork. We paired raw metal details with natural wood surfaces and warm colors. The resulting facility met the client’s goal: a veterinary clinic that welcomes animals — and their human companions — with a modern, friendly vibe.