AIA Publications: 2005 Annual Design Awards Competition Gallery
Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School
HGA Architects & Engineers, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Continuum Architects and Planners, S.C., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Irgens Development Partners, LLC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Hunzinger | Clark Joint Venture, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Located in Milwaukee’s historic Walker’s Point, the new state-of-the-art technical high school is the result of a unique public-private ownership. The facility is designed to be “schools within a school” through innovative subdivisions that create smaller, intimate educational settings for a student body of 1,440. Featuring three Academies – Construction, Manufacturing and Communications – the articulated building provides for direct links between the Academies and Lab-building via bridges through a skylight spine that admits daylight into the center of the deep plan structure. The north end of the spine connects to a two-story support building, containing the library, administration and athletic facilities. This school is a 100-year building that can accommodate technologies that change annually. The engineering and design of the facility make extensive use of green-building principles, including extensive daylighting, energy-efficient heating/cooling systems and recycled building materials.
The jury was impressed with the successful resolution of a large complex in its industrial context and in its internal cultural context of school and shop and a type of gathering space. These are not easy projects to resolve architecturally, and it seems to do that very well.
The project has some nice, large urban moves, such as the visibility of the Quonset-hut-like form from far away and the scale of its facade in relation to the other objects on that street. It breaks down that entire block. But also, there are a lot of small moves, such as views through transition spaces. There were some big moves as well as small moves that were nice.
This is a great project that also speaks to the patience of going through multiple meetings with multiple stakeholders, which include the community and the internal and external participants. We commend the architect for retaining the strength of the idea throughout the process.
The internal space has the engineered and engineering quality to it. We can imagine the chemistry going on in here. Some of it looks very hard, direct and work-a-day. The project, while not romantic, is still beautiful. It’s always that magic that architects are struggling to achieve—the intersection between the rational and poetic. This project comes close to resolving it. It is a nice project. Bravo!
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