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MAM logoMilwaukee Wisconsin was never a well-known place for architecture. Sure there are some really great buildings there, but nothing that gave it a name in the world of great architeccture. Until the Quadracci Pavilion addition was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Now the symbol of the building has become a logo for the city, which was mostly known in the past for being the city that made beer!

The structure has a lovely, tall space named Windhover Hall, with a 90-foot-high glass ceiling that is white and marbled and bright as the day. Even more stunning is the Burke Brise Soleil, a moveable sunscreen with a 217-foot wingspan that unfolds and folds twice daily. It looks like a bird that is taking off when the white skeletal bars come up or go down. It is a slow movement - very elegant and humbling because you cannot believe that a building can seem to be so alive.

Santiago Calatrava has designed some very innovative structures. Take a look at some of his work here at his site.

The exhibits are also great and if you can make it there, it is a wonderful experience to walk in side, outside and through the structure. And whiile you are in Milwaukee don't drink any beer, you are not old enough.


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Milwaukee Art Museum, from the East Side

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Milwaukee Art Museum from the side as
Brise Soleil wings are closing.

photos by j. cowan