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AIA Publications: 2004 Annual Design Awards Competition Gallery 
Parts House Roof Pavilion
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Architect

Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Owner

Joe and Cindy Rewolinski, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Contractor

Kotze Construction, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Project Description

This project exemplifies Milwaukee’s 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 owner’s desire for a multi-purpose outdoor living room.

Parts Roof Pavilion

Interior

Jury Comments

We were entertained and inspired by this project. Its ‘magic lantern’ qualities are intriguing because a blank brick façade is turned into a projection screen. This is very ingenious. Hopefully, this project will inspire others to think creatively about how they can create accommodations in these underutilized industrial structures.

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