Hidden in the Heartland: Calatrava’s Quadracci Pavilion

With over 30,000 pieces, the Milwaukee Art Museum holds one of the country’s largest collections. Actually, make that “with over 30,001.”

Designed by world-acclaimed Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Quadracci Pavilion is considered a postmodern marvel in itself – attracting visitors from all over the world. Inspired by the existing elements that surround the great city of Milwaukee – water, nature and boats –the Quadracci Pavilion’s elegant lines extend and merge with the lake, whimsically playing with light and detail.

This building, constructed in 2001, was commissioned as an extension to the existing Eero Saarinen’s War Memorial and features a movable structure – or brise soleil – that provides visitors with a memorable experience.

This one-of-a-kind building could only come from the workings of Santiago Calatrava, who’s work amounts to nothing short of City of Arts and Sciences in Spain, Turning Torso in Sweden and the Museum of Tomorrow in Brazil; just to name a few.