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Milwaukee Ballet Wins Mayor’s Design Award

Award celebrates design excellence throughout the City of Milwaukee.

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The Milwaukee Ballet has won the 2020 Mayor’s Design Award. The project was awarded based on the value added to the City of Milwaukee “by displaying design excellence and respecting and contributing to the urban fabric and the character of their surroundings while raising the bar for major development and contemporary architecture in the City.”

Milwaukee Ballet’s Company and School & Academy was envisioned as a gathering place for dancers and dance lovers from Milwaukee and beyond. The building graces the city’s historic Third Ward with contemporary character that reflects and seamlessly becomes part of its historic context. It maintains the simple four-sided form of historic warehouses in the district, and is clad in long, charcoal-hued brick with a reflective sheen, arranged in an ornamental pattern along the exterior. The base of the building features additional brick patterning to add detail and richness for pedestrians passing close by. The Center’s façade sits in line with neighboring buildings and features a steel-framed canopy over the main entry, also echoing those of warehouses along the same street.

To learn more, visit the City of Milwaukee Mayor’s Design Awards.

About the Award

Since 1997, the Mayor’s Design Awards has recognized design excellence throughout the City of Milwaukee. Projects are selected for adding value to their neighborhoods by contributing to the urban fabric and the character of their surroundings. Now in its 23rd year, the awards are the city’s top honor for new buildings, places, and design additions in neighborhoods throughout Milwaukee