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The faBRICK Pavilion at Ogden and Prospect, winner of the 2014 Marcus Prize.
The faBRICK Pavilion at Ogden and Prospect, winner of the 2014 Marcus Prize.

What are those waves of brick on Ogden & Prospect?

Pretty much every day I drive past the corner of Ogden and Prospect, where a little while back, I saw some folks erecting something in a grassy patch on the east side of the street. I made a mental note to stop one day and look.

Today, two readers -- Annemarie Chapdelain and Michael Peragine -- helped solve the mystery. 

The undulating waves of brick are the faBRICK Pavilion, the winner of the Marcus Prize, a temporary pavilion designed and built by UWM architecture students along with Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and associate dean Mo Zell.

"As a little introduction, the Marcus Prize is a collaboration between the Marcus Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee," reads the Marcus Prize website. "Rather than honoring a lifetime of achievement, this biennial award recognizes emerging architects who are 'on a trajectory to greatness.' The winner co-teaches a studio at UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning."

What's most interesting to me, in addition to the low, swooping rollercoaster design, is the material. From a distance, the waves appear to be constructed of wood blocks linked together. In fact, they are made of brick, a weighty, solid medium that seems at odds with the soft, rolling structures they form. The structures seem to defy gravity.

A ceremony marked the May 8 opening of the pavilion, the development of which you can see here in great photographic detail. Then, be sure to stop at the site and check it out in person. After too long a delay, I'm stopping today.


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