Movable steel wings of Milwaukee Art Museum, created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava
The Burke Brise Soleil, a 90-ton movable sunscreen on top of the museum’s postmodern pavilion, is the building’s signature feature. During the day the steel wings open and extend to a wingspan of 217 feet (66 m), comparable to that of a Boeing 747.
Calatrava’s design was meant to be both functional and symbolic: the sunscreen controls how much light is let in, and the wings open to welcome visitors.
For pictures of the interior, see: Inside Milwaukee Art Museum.
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