Santiago Calatrava on Milwaukee's Lakefront
From www.calatrava.com: The "pavilion-like construction
features a spectacular kinetic structure: a bris-soleil with louvers
that open and close like the wings of a great bird."
On a bitterly cold day in late December 2005, I photographed
the recently completed new annex to the Milwaukee Art Museum, an
incredible work by the renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. I'm
not the only one to have photographed this beautiful addition to
the much more conservative Art Museum, nor have I captured any better
than other photographers its sweeping white lines, the grace of
the open sun-shade as it appears to take flight into the metallic
blue sky over Lake Michigan, or indeed its internal lattice-work
of ribs framing the windows that bring warming natural light into
its brilliant white cathedral-like grand hall. No, I'm not the only
one, but I'd like to share these photos because standing either
inside or outside the Calatrava is so inspirational and awe-inspiring.
Seeing the great wings opening and allowing the sun's rays to touch
the white structure can't adequately be described. I hope this series
of pictures does justice both to the building itself, and to its
location on the brink of the frozen lake in the early deep winter.