Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Joe and Cindy Rewolinski, Milwaukee,
Kotze Construction, Milwaukee,
This project exemplifies Milwaukees new-found
urban vitality. What was once a black top roof above a loft in a renovated 1920s
warehouse is now an open air pavilion defined by a curtain of multicolored transparent
and translucent plastic panels.
Supported by a prefabricated steel trellis, the
panels can be arranged to provide various levels of privacy, offer shelter and
act as a picture frame and color filter for different views of the city and its
skyline. At night, a lighting system transforms the panels into a fantasy of colors
and shadows that are visible from the interstate below.
The design solution is
a creative response to the owners desire for a multi-purpose outdoor living