Calatrava’s Milwaukee Art Museum

Calatrava’s Milwaukee Art Museum

While visiting New York in 2015 I watched the construction of Calatrava’s Occulus AKA The Transportation Hub, at the World Trade Center sites. The experience was the beginning of my interest in this man of creative genius. He is admired and distained, loved for the wildly imaginative creations of his mind, and hated for his arrogance and more.  For me it all comes down to the visual experience first, his work is clear and precise art, Beauty in the eyes of this beholder.

Approaching the Milwaukee Art Museum, which sits on the edge of Lake Michigan, was a heart pounding experience. The graceful, white structure against the blue sky and wispy clouds is so simply beautiful. The fact that it breathes in it’s location is an added bonus, too often there is distraction and competition, but this Calatrava owns the vista and it is glorious.

As my beloved mom use to say, “beauty is as beauty does” and the art museum fulfilled that dictum of beautiful form and successful function.  It is truly a “precious” museum, full of substance but not overwhelming, a perfect amuse bouche.

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid  1950-2016

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid 1950-2016

With a sad heart I thought I would share some quotes, some posts and just a smattering of the rich legacy Zaha left behind….



Zaha Hadid: 'Would they still call me a diva if I was a man?' By Sheena McKenzie, CNN

                               Zaha Hadid: ‘Would they still call me a diva if I was a man?’
                                                     By Sheena McKenzie, CNN

“Zaha Hadid’s work transcended a specific gender, religion, culture or space.” & pinterest
Zaha Hadid 1950-2016: following the death of Zaha Hadid, we’ve updated our Pinterest board dedicated to her buildings to include more of the Pritzker-Prize winning architect’s ambitious and critically-acclaimed work.     #‎architecture‬ ‪#‎pritzger‬ ‪#‎architects‬ ‪#‎zaha‬ ‪#‎zahahadid‬ ‪#‎starchitects‬

zaha-hadid-architecture-lifetime-projects-pinterest-board-dezeen-sq                                        Images via Dezeen and Pinterest



“Her architecture was modern and futuristic with very noticeable sensuous lines, she brought a femininity to Modernism.”
‪#‎ZahaHadid‬ image via Curbed
The London aquatics centre built for the 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: John Walton/PA
drawing 1980’s

Hadid 1

Rem Koolhaus “I think she made an enormous contribution as a woman, but her greatest contribution is as an architect.”



“Step into one of her best buildings, and you feel anything is possible” Amanda Baillieu


Zaha                         Nick Hufton and Allan Crow have shared their favourite images

Zaha Hadid 1950-2016    ParadigmGallery/facebook April 4,2016images via Dezeen : Hufton and Allan Crow have shared their favorite images of her buildings…via Spotlight Zaha Hadid
zaha-jadid-design2(Virgile Simon Bertrand, Courtesy of the RIBA Architecture & Zaha Hadid Architects)
zaha-hadid-design3       (Christian Richters, Courtesy of the RIBA Architecture & Zaha Hadid Architects)



“There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?”                                           Zaha Hadid

“As a woman, I’m expected to want everything to be nice and to be nice myself. A very English thing. I don’t design nice buildings – I don’t like them. I like architecture to have some raw, vital, earthy quality.”                                      Zaha Hadid