Through the exacting contemplation of context, function, and form, Santiago Calatrava’s design for the Quadracci Pavilion has been captivating patrons of the Milwaukee Art Museum since 2001. This addition to the museum is a masterful fusion of old world craft and cutting edge technology. The building was hand built largely by pouring concrete into unique wooden forms, but it also features advanced engineering in the Burke Brise Soleil. This wing-like sunscreen opens and closes throughout the day and includes ultra-sonic wind sensors which automatically close when wind speed reaches 23mph or greater.
The building showcases Calatrava’s signature style, including prominent geometric shapes, soaring arches and a harmonious balance of light and strength.