Kevin Bruce Decker
(was created by)Santiago Calatrava Valls
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 and reflects Calatrava's unique experience in bridge design throughout Europe. The Museum's main entrance leads into a parabolic-shaped, glass-enclosed Windhover Hall with a 90-foot high ceiling. The Burke Brise Soleil, the moveable, wing-like sunscreen comprised of 72 steel fins, rests on top of the glass-enclosed reception hall. Major visitor amenities include an auditorium, an expanded Museum Store, a cafÃ©, a terrace and an underground parking garage.
Since the lowest floor in the addition is approximately 13 feet below the anticipated 100-year level of Lake Michigan, the 81 million-pound dead weight is resisting approximately 48 million pounds of buoyant pressure. If the structure were not so heavy, it would float if the lake level got too high!
- Milwaukee Art Museum Website, (n.d.). Retrieved August 10, 2005, from http://www.mam.org/
Keywords: United States, Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, exhibition and exhibition structures, exhibition buildings, landmark, sculptural, lakefront, urban. Submitted by Sabrina Sierawski.
Style/Period2000s (2000 - 2009)