Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum & addition designed by Santiago Calatrava

We took a company trip to Milwaukee today to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Milwaukee Art Museum was housed in a 1957 structure overlooking Lake Michigan with a postmodern addition in in 1975. Trustees of the museum solicited bids for a new entrance in 1994. Santiago Calatrava won the competition with his proposal for a 27-meter-high glass and steel reception hall shaded by a movable sunscreen. Included in the new spaces are 7,500 square meters of new space, of which 1,500 square meters are set aside for temporary exhibitions.

Although Calatrava denies any influence of nature or biology, the Quadracci Pavilion has a decidedly bird-like quality to it, especially when the wings of the Brise Soleil are open.

Regular readers will remember that our company, @properties, was named the Chicago marketing firm to handle sales for the Calatrava designed Chicago Spire located on Chicago's lakefront.