Santiago Calatrava at MAM

A sculptural postmodern Gothic cathedral, the Quadracci Pavilion, designed by Spanish Architect, Santiago Calatrava, resides on the lake front of Milwaukee, Wisconsin as not only a building that houses pieces of art, but as a work of art within itself for the community of Milwaukee. Located at 7oo North Art Museum Drive, MAM was founded in the late 1800’s, but didn’t have a home till the late 50’s. (War Memorial, next door). This was Calatrava’s first completed project in the USA when it opened in 2001. Engineered by Graef, a Milwaukee firm, the wing like structure, or, “brises soliels” (sun breaker), has a wing span of 217 feet when open. The wings remain open til close, or if winds exceed 22mph, the wings automatically close. The wing opening movement takes about 8 minutes.