Architect: Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA)
Owner: Discovery World Museum
Contractor: Gilbane Building Company
The pavilion expansion and renovations enhance educational opportunities and community access for this nonprofit science, technology, engineering and math museum located on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Milwaukee. As the focus of the project, the multi-purpose pavilion addition is designed to significantly increase orientation and lunchroom space for visiting school groups, expand space for field trips and other educational programs, allow the museum to host large national traveling exhibits, and offer additional opportunities for special events and conferences. Responding to the existing museum, the design of the pavilion addition balances the relationship of solid and void through glassy transparency and a veil-like brise soleil to deflect sunlight. Attention to detail and coordination of building systems allow the pavilion to accommodate diverse activities and to sit lightly on the landscape – an existing green roof system above an underground parking structure. The addition is integrated with the museum’s existing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. Thoughtful acoustical design detailing includes a high-performance ceiling system, acoustical wall panels and window treatments. Each design decision was calibrated against its impact on views to the city and horizon.
Jury Comment: “The pure geometry and formal shapes make the design really easy to understand and appreciate. The expansion adds a kind of texture to the composition that complements the existing museum. It enhances the original design. The nicely-defined outdoor spaces create new opportunities for the facility.”
Photos: Peter McCullough Photo and Discovery World