A colorful piece by Dale Chihuly at the Milwaukee Art Museum
A couple is more interested in Lake Michigan then the splendor of the Quadracci Pavilion at Milwaukee Museum of Art
A mesmerizing experience as this unique architecture draws you in at the Milwaukee Museum of Art
A framed “filter” to view the outside from Windhover Hall, Quadracci Pavilion at Milwaukee Museum of Art
Symmetrical designs captured at Windhover Hall, Quadracci Pavilion at Milwaukee Museum of Art
Windhover Hall is the grand entrance hall for the Quadracci Pavilion at Milwaukee Museum of Art. It is Santiago Calatrava’s postmodern interpretation of a Gothic Cathedral, complete with flying buttresses, pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and a central nave topped by a 90-foot-high glass roof. An average-sized, two-story family home would fit comfortably inside the reception hall.
The hall’s chancel is shaped like the prow of a ship, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking over Lake Michigan. The image below captures the designs and shadows of the Windhover Hall.
The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, known as the Quadracci Pavilion, was architect Santiago Calatrava’s first built U.S. project, completed in 2001 on the shore of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, USA. Perhaps its most dramatic feature is a set of “wings” – the Burke Brise Soleil (from the French for “sun breaker”). The Brise Soleil forms a movable sunscreen with a 217-foot that is raised and lowered throughout the day to provide shade to the interior of the museum, while creating a sort of kinetic urban sculpture. The brise soleil is made up of 72 steel fins, ranging in length from 26 to 105 feet, weighing 90 tons. It takes three and a half minutes for the wings to open or close. Sensors on the fins continuously monitor wind speed and direction, and whenever winds exceed 23 mph for more than three seconds, the wings close automatically.
The images show the wings in the open and closed positions.