Milwaukee Art Museum Addition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Dr. Manabu Ito, President of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) presented, the 2004 IABSE Outstanding Structure Award to the the' Milwaukee Art Museum Addition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA' and the 'Funchal Airport Extension, Madeira Island, Portugal' on September 22, 2004. The Award Presentation took place during the Opening of the IABSE Symposium 'Metropolitan Habitats and Infrastructure', Shanghai, China.
The Award recognises the most remarkable, innovative, creative or otherwise stimulating structures completed within the last few years. It consists of a Diploma each for the Structural Engineer, the Architect, the Contractor, and the Owner, as well as a plaque to be fixed to the winning structure, at a special ceremony.
The Milwaukee Art Museum Addition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, receives the Outstanding Structure Award for being an 'a museum expansion combining art, dramatic architecture and a complimentary structure feature a brise soleil, a sunscreen that opens and closes a unique moving sculpture':
The Milwaukee Art Museum Addition is an architectural and engineering masterpiece. The complex building includes unusual shapes of concrete and steel, cantilevered concrete canopies that stretch the limits of the material, and a unique cable-stayed bridge. Its signature feature is 110-ton moveable winged roof, whose 66 m wingspan opens and closes on top of a pavilion of steel and glass, all in a little over 3 minutes. The design celebrates its structure through the ingenious use of counter balancing forces, and the extensive use of classical structural forms. Using materials such as steel, concrete and glass, the building is a synthesis of light, space, material, form and structure.
The Quadracci Pavilion is not only a building, but is also a symbol that articulates the dynamic potential of its community. Like its community, it is beautiful but unpretentious. Although it is one of the most unique buildings in the world, it is highly functional. This project stands as a testament to its visionary owner, its talented and committed design and construction team, and has become a symbol of Milwaukee.