Vetter Denk Architects, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Redevelopment Authority, City of
Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Beyer Construction, New Berlin,
This boathouse project along the Milwaukee River,
designed as a virtual non-building, is a landscape insertion that creates space
for simple functions by retaining the surrounding soil. The design solution consists
of the roof, tower, curtain wall and plaza.
Sloping towards the river, the buildings
green roof becomes an extension of Kilbourn Park bluff, serving as a public park
that overlooks the river. The 24-foot tower provides storage for the rowing oars,
defines the site entrance and acts as an illuminated beacon in the night. A polycarbonate
curtain wall faces the river and extends the entire length of the building, glowing
softly at dusk.
The plaza provides a staging area for launching the sculls and
doubles as a public gathering space with access to the river. The boathouse is
graceful civic architecture, connecting the RiverWalk with the Beerline neighborhood.