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Nicholas Moen

Nicholas Moen

Portland, OR, US

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Main Entrance Rendering
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Museum of Wisconsin Art

The Museum of Wisconsin Art is to be a brand new facility in West Bend, WI, designed by us to showcase the largest permanent collection of works by artists native to the state.  It includes an event space, a temporary/changing exhibit gallery, permanent galleries, archive, storage, administration and education facilities to serve the needs of this growing organization.

For this project I served as assistant designer, made all 3D models and presentation renderings, produced construction documents, and served as the project’s Revit coordinator, ensuring that our construction documents could be delivered using Revit 2010. 

The MWA Board selected a particularily interesting site along the Milwaukee River on a triangular, sliver shaped plot of land.  This allowed us to create a dramatically shaped building.  The pointed tip of the building is a stairway which affords the user unobstructed views up the river valley, and is also highly recognizable from the nearby state highway that is a main route through the town.

The galleries are divided by 2’-0” wide walls which never reach the ceiling of the overall space.These walls are spaced at 30’ intervals, and each wall serves as a supply and return air plenum, as well as a platform for lighting and the hanging of art.  The design keeps virtually all mechanical systems out of the gallery ceilings- reducing the size and complexity of the building’s mechanical system.  Exterior cladding is a randomized color pallete of white and off white cement board panels which viewed from far away produce a monolithic look, but viewed from up close allude to the many various colored dabs of paint that go into the making of even simple compositions.  Outiside, echoing the interior gallery walls, rows of tall prairie grass form the “walls” of outdoor sculpture galleries.

Designed by:

Jim Shields, FAIA
Nicholas Moen
Peter Baliestrieri
Russ Drewery
HGA Architects

 
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Status: Under Construction
Location: West Bend, Wisconsin

 
Upper Galleries
Upper Galleries
Sculpture Garden and Northern Point
Sculpture Garden and Northern Point
Level 1 Plan
Level 1 Plan
Level 2 Plan
Level 2 Plan
Panorama from street
Panorama from street