Architect: Engberg Anderson Architects
Contractor: Northtrack Construction
Owner: General Capital Group
This project is the newest residence hall for students attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). Located across the street from the main academic building and steps from the student union, the mixed-use building offers housing for students and creates an identifiable MIAD District within the historic Third Ward. The new building features five floors of housing above a ground-floor retail space. The fully furnished two-bedroom suites each accommodate four students, with a living room, kitchen and two bathrooms. Each floor also features student lounges, common study areas and laundry rooms. Outside, a second-story urban courtyard features a wood-planked “dock” and a small gathering area. The exterior of the building balances the rich industrial history of the urban area and the playfulness of the school. A masonry facade is made up of a simple pattern of large windows and exterior steel components to mirror the nearby historic bridges and warehouses and to add some color in the form of bright vertical spandrels. The project enhances the community and provides an opportunity for students to display their work inside and outside the building.
Jury Comment: "What we appreciate about this project is that there is a rigor to the exterior envelope, placement of windows and the organization of the facade. A nice interior element is the way that the exposed ceiling exploits the concrete construction. The exposed ducts are clean and neatly done, which allowed the architect to use more playful furniture. The public spaces also have a playful quality – the elevated courtyard for the students is a nice idea. It looks like an urban site with a thoughtfully considered design for a livable and interesting place for students.
Photos: Engberg Anderson Architects