Architect: Rinka Chung Architecture Inc.
Contractor: Riley Construction Company, Inc.
Owner: Blue Ribbon Management LLC
This new five-story building is located in “The Brewery” district of Milwaukee on a site that once was home to the carriage and horse stables. A modern design, the building evokes an industrial quality reminiscent of its historic surroundings. It features a two-story parking structure and three floors of office space. The entry lobby, with double-height ceilings, opens to breakout business spaces and a private conference room. Referencing the nearby cream city buildings and iconic grain silos to the north, the project responds to its historic surroundings with simplicity and restraint while making a modern architectural statement for the future. The building incorporates modern materials in glass and metal panels, using masonry of dark brick cladding and warm wood tones. With floor-to-ceiling glass on its prominent corner, the project acts as a welcoming beacon for the revitalized district. Since its completion, the building project has helped to spur a renewed interest and sense of progress in downtown Milwaukee.
Jury Comment: "This project is recognized for its interiors and, in particular, the materiality within the interiors. With impressive restraint, the design not only emphasizes the materiality and quality of the space, but also the connectivity to the city beyond. The simple use of wood for both the ceiling and walls offers a really nice sensibility. It’s a good example of restraint in assembly and detailing, which creates an overall effect of the space that works with the volume, works with the daylight, and works with the views. It provides a nice balance."
Photos: Rinka Chung Architecture