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This is the he Quadracci Pavilion of the Milwaukee Arts Museum, a Santiago Calatrava-designed addition to existing museum buildings by Eero Saarinen and David Kahler. The first Calatrava designed building to be completed in the United States, the Quadracci Pavilion, incorporates both cutting-edge technology and old-world craftsmanship. Signature elements of the Calatrava design include the Reiman Bridge, a 250 foot long suspended pedestrian bridge that links downtown Milwaukee directly to the lakefront and the Museum. The bridge features a distinctive 200 foot angled mast with cables that reflects Calatrava's unique experience in bridge design throughout Europe.

The Museum's main entrance leads into a parabolic-shaped, glass enclosed reception hall with a 90 foot ceiling (yesterday's posting). The Burke Brise Soleil, the movable, wing-like sun screen comprised of 72 steel fins, rests on top of the glass-enclosed reception hall and is raised and lowered to control both temperature and light in the structure. With fins ranging in length from 26 feet to 105 feet, the Brise Soleil wingspan spreads 217 feet at its widest point, wider than a Boeing 747-400 airplane, and weights 90 tons. (Description mostly from arcspace.com)

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