Don’t try this with a basilica

“Separated at birth?” asks Marjorie Ingall. Let’s take a look:

This is the Quadracci Pavilion of the Milwaukee Art Museum, completed in 2001:

Quadracci Pavilion - Milwaukee Art Museum

Architecture buffs may recall this as Santiago Calatrava’s first project in the US.

Calatrava doesn’t usually work at this scale, though:

Shoe by Tea Petrovic

The shoe is by Tea Petrovic, and it is indeed inspired by Calatrava. Dezeen has a gallery of Petrovic’s designs for your perusal.

How well this sort of thing holds up, I couldn’t tell you, though the Quadracci has been standing for nine years without incident.

(Dick Stanley sent this along. Thank you, sir.)


  1. Tatyana »

    14 December 2010 · 2:50 pm


  2. CGHill »

    14 December 2010 · 2:53 pm

    If that keeps you up at night, don’t watch this:

  3. Tatyana »

    14 December 2010 · 3:04 pm

    I meant the shoe, Chaz.

    Calatrava is my favorite contemporary architect. I can never forget the impression I got from Milwaukee Museum.

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