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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djslim (568) 2005-10-31 15:44
There's something I would have never seen or known. I've never quite seen a building like that Before! TFS
Michael_Gan (2776) 2005-10-31 16:17
Hello Ken. I have to admit that I was a big fan of Calatrava until I got a little bored with his designs. I've seen many of them and have the feeling that he is repeating his trick over-and-over again. But the building in your picture is very nice and I think that you've caught it from a good angle. The blue sky is of course of major importance to bring out the lines of the white building. The inclusion of some people is good, to make it less sterile and to give us an idea of the scale. I just think that I wouldn't have included the car.
castellano (791) 2005-10-31 16:18
Very nice architecture of this brilliant genius. Such a blue sky in constrast with the white of the building makes a really good combination.
berek (40707) 2005-11-01 4:14
İnteresting building again from you. Nice picture . good POV.İ like to colours.
Thaks for sharing.
nels (2621) 2006-02-02 10:15
hi ken interesting structure i like the crisp clean lines of the building stands out well against the clear blue sky
- Copyright: Ken Ilio (flip89) (3410)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-10-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 17-35mm, Heliopan UV
- Exposure: f/4, 1/4096 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Hail Calatrava! [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-10-31 15:30