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West Bend, Wisconsin, Stati Uniti: [MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART BY HGA ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS]
Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and

The new Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend, Wisconsin, achieves a subtle balance between architecture as art and architecture as a neutral setting for art.

Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and

The new building takes on the triangular shape of the site as its major form. This property was created when the Milwaukee River meandered through the rectangular grid of West Bend, cutting the lot into a triangle. The building fits this site specifically, even recording a slight curve of the river into a slight curve of the fa├žade.

Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and

From the triangular solid, a series of apertures are cut, which serve the internal needs of the building and help to accommodate the building to its site. At the acute tip of the triangle an aperture is cut and enclosed with glass, exposing a major stairway to views upstream. This glass-enclosed area creates a glowing glass lantern at night.

Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and

At the southwest corner another aperture creates the entrance to the building, allowing views of the city and river from an atrium balcony. There is also a long aperture of glass that allows direct views of the river from a linear corridor that serves as a community gallery. The building is luminescent with approximately 5,100 square feet of windows.

Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and

Inside the entrance is a soaring multipurpose atrium and event center. A sweeping, glass-paneled grand staircase leads to the second-level galleries, where a series of two-foot-thick partitions divide the space into five connected galleries that progressively taper within the triangular form.

Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and

Adjacent to galleries for works from the permanent collection is a gallery for temporary exhibitions that has a balcony overlooking the atrium below. Inside, visitors enter a multipurpose atrium and follow a glass-paneled grand staircase to the second-level permanent-collection galleries.

Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and

Adjacent to the main galleries is a rotating-exhibit gallery, which includes a balcony overlooking the atrium and activity below. The striking new structure resolves several issues the museum has faced for years.

Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and

The 31,000-square-foot, two-level museum includes 12,000 square feet of gallery space, multipurpose atrium, gift shop, two education studios, administrative offices, archives for works-on-paper, and visible painting storage.

Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and

In its former home, the museum lacked square footage and museum quality space; energy efficient mechanical systems safe for artwork; storage for artwork; and the ability to tell the story of Wisconsin art.

Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and

The museum was also faced with building a new facility during the recession on a challenging site. HGA 's Milwaukee office met these challenges, transforming the regional gallery into a major state attraction and destination museum.

Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and
Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and
Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and
Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and
Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and
Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and
Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and
Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and
Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and
Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and
Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and
Museum of Wisconsin Art by HGA Architects and

Location: West Bend, USA Architects: HGA Architects and Engineers Principal: James Vander Heiden, AIA, PE Project Manager: Russ Drewry, AIA Project Lead Designer: James Shields, FAIA Project Architect: Peter Balistrieri Project Team: Joe Tarlizzo, David Lang, Pao Yang, Ron Burns Structural Engineer: Matthew Mikolainis Mechanical Engineer: Steve Mettlach, Jill Schuette, Kevin Pope Electrical Engineer: Ryan Kannass, Scott Wheaton Landscape Architect: Graef Interior Designer: Jane Dedering Lighting Designer: HGA Year: 2013 Owner: Thomas Lidtke, Executive Director Client: Museum of WisconsinArt Photographs: Darris Lee Harris