One of Milwaukee’s most notable landmarks, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Quadracci Pavilion, has been replicated with 15,000 LEGO pieces by students at Milwaukee School of Engineering. The creation includes the museum’s signature wings, the Burke Brise Soleil, and Windhover Hall, the grand entrance of the pavilion. The replica’s wings are made of LEGOs and open and close just as the Burke Brise Soleil.
The Quadracci Pavilion was created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from MSOE in 1997.The students worked with GRAEF, the original project’s engineering firm, to obtain plans for the building so their replica could be as accurate as possible.
The students, who are members of MSOE’s Architectural Engineering Institute, spent a combined 525 hours designing and building the project. Approximately one-third of that time was spent on the electrical components of the project and the wings. The scale of the project is 1:6, where one inch equals six feet.
Members of the team include:
Matt Furey, architectural engineering, Hermitage, Penn.
Jason Genz, electrical engineering, Greendale, Wis.
Leah Hendricks, architectural engineering, De Pere, Wis.
Adam Laux, architectural engineering, Baraboo, Wis.
Michael Rajzer, electrical engineering, Greendale, Wis.
Brittany Vitkovich, architectural engineering, Crown Point, Ind.
William Walters, architectural and structural engineering, Waukesha, Wis.
Chris Zajac ’12, structural engineering, Carol Stream, Ill.
Following the Lakefront Festival of Art, the project will be displayed at MSOE’s Walter Schroeder Library.
MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.