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Quadracci Pavilion

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Santiago Calatrava
location Wisconsin, Milwaukee
function museum, pavilion
contributed by numstead

The graceful Quadracci Pavilion is a sculptural, postmodern addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum completed in 2001, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. A 1975 addition had increased space five-fold, but the Museum remained hidden from public view on the lower floors of the War Memorial Center. In 1994, the Museum’s search committee convinced Santiago Calatrava to submit a proposal and was wowed by his creative design. Calatrava initially proposed a small addition, with a pedestrian bridge connecting the Museum to downtown. As excitement over the project grew, fundraising accelerated and the project evolved, with the architect and Museum trustees sharing ideas. The structure incorporates both cutting-edge technology and old-world craftsmanship. The hand-built structure was made largely by pouring concrete into one-of-a-kind wooden forms. It is a building that could have only been done in a city with Milwaukee’s strong craft tradition (text from website MAM).

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Quadracci Pavilion
N. Art Museum Drive 700
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours Open daily from 10.00 – 17.00 / Thursday until 20.00.
Completion 2001
ArchitectSantiago Calatrava
Client Milwaukee Art Museum
Project ID 2360
Latitude/Longitude 43°02'21N 87°53'49W
Contributed by numstead
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