"Brise soleil," in terms of architecture refers to a variety of permanent structures that protect you from the sun. This mechanism looks like a wing and was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava for the Milwaukee Museum of Art in Wisconsin, USA. His two ultrasonic wind sensors make the wings close automatically if the wind's speed reaches 37km/hour or more. The wings are also folded and then released two times a day, which takes a total of three and a half minutes.
If something struck me during my last visit to the US, it was this museum. It is sItuated in Milwaukee, an industrial city in southern Wisconsin, an hour's drive from Chicago. It isn´t far from the downtown area. You have to cross the river where there is a train station, an easy 10 to 15 minutes. The facilities new and housed in a complex of buildings that is very modern in design and luxury. Mounting is fantastic and it is dedicated to Harley Davidson. I'm not a big fan of redneck motorcycles, but I must say that I enjoyed the quality of exposure (everything was spotless), the quality of the collections (they have everything ), the ability to link the evolution of the brand with the historical context and the friendly staff, in the project. Of course, for a depressed city like Milwaukee, it is proud not only to be the birthplace of the brand, but also have a museum like this. Of course, besides the museum, do not miss the typical souvenir shop, in this case clearly aimed at the owners of motorcycles of the brand. In the parking lot, ample and free, not coincidentally had more bikes than cars ... In short, the visit is essential or not you like the Harley to realize how good things can be when done with love.
The Milwaukee Public Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to natural and human history and is made up of a big complex in the heart of the town. Besides the permanent exhibitions and other ones that are only temporary, the museum has a planetarium and IMAX room. The current building is from the 60 as previously the museum shared a space with the Contiguous Central Library.
Milwaukee city center suffers from the same problem as many other American cities: it is just a pure business center. From 5 pm and on holidays, you cannot see a soul on the street, just some patrolling police cars. For the tourist, it is frustrating because there is not much to do but visit some semi-deserted malls or eat at one of the few restaurants that are open. The only exception is the Riverwalk area, by the river that runs through the city. It covers several sections of the river, but the most enjoyable and frequently visited is the part near downtown. There you can find several bars with terraces (in summer, of course) and Milwaukee brewed beer. There are also several manifestations of urban art. It is the only place in the city where you can find some atmosphere, however we have to bear in mind that the schedule is not like our country. They eat dinner very early, regardless of whether it is summer or winter, and whether or not the sun shines.
The Milwaukee Zoo is one of the best zoos in the United States. It has over 2000 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles, all of which are in specialized habitats that cover about 200 wooded acres. The zoo offers shows, fun attractions and special events, in addition to a little train that takes you around the zoo and the kids love it.
Milwaukee is a city that was founded by Germans, this history is still apparent in the city's great tradition of beer and the historic building's architectural features denoting Central unequivocally. The City Hall is one of them, a Flemish Renaissance style bell. This is a respectable sized building and in fact, was one of the highest in the world in it's time of construction in the late nineteenth century. The first plants are made of limestone and brick other, with the bottom of a modern aesthetic (the entrance is beautiful) and typically superior traits Baltic. Technically it is a skyscraper, and that exceeds 100 meters, and not lost in downtown Milwaukee. It no longer retains the title of the tallest building in the city, but it remains a benchmark and administrative centre of life.
When my wife found out that there was a church in Milwaukee which was the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, she was enthusiastic about visiting. She was quite perplexed by what she saw. Not that the church is not nice or is in poor condition, but she was expecting to view something typical of Wright's work. In envisioning the appearance of this temple of worship of the Greek Orthodox tradition, Wright was inspired by the architecture of this religious tradition, which features domes and rounded shapes. The church is located in Waukesha a fully suburban suburb north of Milwaukee and is situated atop a small hill, surrounded by gardens that offer a view of it from some distance. The church is round, with small bumps, semicircular with a flattened dome, completed with a Greek cross. From afar, it looks like a UFO and yet some architectural details do place it within the Orthodox tradition. It is the only circular work of Wright and in fact, his most famous building, the Guggenheim New York, has these same characteristics. But in this church, without sacrificing a contemporary aesthetic, he choose to utilise some older architectural elements. Wright died before seeing this work completed and, indeed, some of the original features such as stained glass, are not of his creation. I cannot speak about its inside, as we did not manage to visit during the hours of worship, but, personally, I liked it more than I expected. In the States, all churches are neo-something: Neo-Gothic, neo-classical ... This, at least, has its own style, which makes it stand out from all the churches I know and managed to incorporate traditional features, creating a feeling of sober harmony when the whole structure is viewed.
While I was walking down Wisconsin Avenue one morning, a majestic building caught my interest. As a curious tourist plan, I decided to take some photos. There were a few gardeners who I started chatting with and they gave me some of the building´s history. It belonged to Alexander Mitchell, a man of German descent that began its construction in the mid-nineteenth century. It was completed in stages until it became what it is today. The current building retains vestiges of Italian and French architecture. It´s currently the The Wisconsin Club, a place that features elite social facilities for high class events.
This church is situated in the University District, in downtown Milwaukee. It is striking for its bright color and its high Gothic pinnacle. The Calvary Presbyterian Church was constructed in the mid-19th century and everything in its appearance conveys the impression of being what it is: A Protestant church. I could not visit the inside because the schedule did not permit me to, but its image fits very well with the Milwaukee Germanic origin, most noticeable were the ancient buildings.
One of the things that impressed me in the US was the size of public libraries. We are used to what we have in our countries , which is that this type of equipment was, at least for a time, limited, and it surprised me to see all these buildings in cities that seem to be palaces, more appropriate for the headquarters of a big bank or a ministry. The Milwaukee council was regidoi over many decades by socialist governments. Consequently, it has an impressive network of public libraries, whose headquarters are situated this building in the center of the city. It was built in the year 1895 in neo-Renaissance style and is listed as a historic monument. It is certainly a building at the height of the cultural values that represents ...
Walking in Milwaukee I found this strange sculpture. From afar I found it hard to distinguish its subject, a dwarf? R2D2?? As I got closer I realized what it was: a firefighter team stacking away its boots. Realising it was next to a fire station, I realized that this is a memorial to the firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The Pabst was built in 1895 and is in downtown Milwaukee. It was declared historical heritage. The architecture of the building features a Baroque style with strong influences of the Italian Renaissance. The theater, originally German-American, is the best preserved in the United States and is a landmark for the city's cultural activity. It was recently remodelled and has all current audio visual technology which can be used in the shows.
Intermodal Station, situated in Milwaukee, is a train station and a bus terminal within walking distance from the center of town. Data from 1965 and it was later renovated in the year 2007, in order to better accommodate mobility. The train station is managed by the company and the Amtrak rail terminal for a number of different bus companies such as Greyhound and American Coach.
The Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) is a really great public natural history museum located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was founded in 1882 and opened to the public in 1884. It has three floors with exhibits and the first IMAX theater in Wisconsin. I want to share my experience with the living butterflies part, which allows visitors to walk through a winter garden with free flying butterflies. There are all sizes and colors and compared to the "butterflies" we have in Spain, they're GIANT! It's amazing to watch them land on your hands and shoulders. Access to the museum is $12 (about € 10.50), and is free on Mondays for Milwaukee residents. It's open from 9am to 5pm, except on Sundays they open at 10am. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Independence Day.
Enjoy a desert a oasis, a rain forest and a flower garden ... all in one afternoon. Before Christmas, admission is free; the rest of the year, it's $6.50 for adults. You'll travel through greenhouses that show the landscapes of Africa, Asia, Madagascar, South America and North America. In the Desert Dome, you'll see one of the world's best collections of cacti, palm trees, shrubs and other plants that thrive in hot, dry conditions.
You can also stroll through the jungle paths of the tropical zone and see a wide variety of rainforest plants, with flowers, fruits, nuts, spices and a large collection of orchids, plus colorful birds that call the dome home. When we went, the tropical area was closed for renovations, but we were happy enough with the main dome, surrounded by spring flowers, a pond in the center, and a giant Christmas tree. This display changes every season. Open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 17.00h Saturday and Sunday closed at 16:00