Posted: December 12, 2016 in Architecture, Details, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museums, Photography, Santiago Calatrava


Driving by the Milwaukee Art Museum on Saturday morning, the contrast of the open soleil against a brilliant blue, cloud-streaked sky was more than I could bear. The Wabi Sabi staff car made a sharp unplanned right, nearly missing the entrance, but was rewarded with an unlimited view of the building, sans visitors and assorted cars.

Of course, I ended up zeroing in on the wings as they stood poised against the sky, like impossibly graceful birds.

Windhover Hall, a mind-boggling component of the Milwaukee Art Museum complex, is the portion of the museum visible above made up of blue-tinted glass. The Burke Brise Soleil is a moveable sunscreen with a wingspan of 217 feet that fits over Windhover Hall and opens and closes twice a day. Both the Hall and the Soleil are part of the museum campus called The Quadracci Pavilion and were designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.  The entire structure is an incredibly arresting sight, poised on the shore of Lake Michigan and often appearing on the verge of taking flight.

For views of Windhover Hall from the inside the building, check out these earlier posts:



  1. andykidd says:

    Yes, a bird or a whale. Very graceful.

    • Hey, Andy! Glad you like the shots. There’s a ship element as well going on here–the building sits on the shore of Lake Michigan.
      I’m heading over to your place soon to see what you’ve been up to. Sorry I’ve not been by to visit–adjusting to your new home yet?
      (Let me clarify: checking out your blog and asking about your new home. 🙂 )

      • andykidd says:

        Hello Wabi Sabi, well you are welcome anytime to both 🙂 .The new home is okay, we are renting while our next new home is being built. But it’s a great suburb, many Italian gardens, grapes, citrus, stone fruit, which you know I love. Haven’t been to any wineries of late as we have to destock the cellar. Such a problem!

  2. andykidd says:

    Hey I like the new clean site.

  3. sedge808 says:

    what a big whale you have

  4. Lignum Draco says:

    The white whale! Thar she blows!

    I’m talking about the building not … I better leave it at that. 🙂

  5. I recognized it right away as a Calatrava…I quite like his work as there always seem to be a bit of whimsical fancy in it. Nice pics. (Suzanne)

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