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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

Cloud II Apartment in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by Krueck & Sexton Architects (designed using MicroStation)

November 4th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Krueck & Sexton Architects

After developing and falling in love with a building he created, the client decided to make the penthouse apartment his home. It was a space that should embody quality and engage the Lake, sky, and city vistas beyond.

Living Area - (c) Bill Zbaren

  • Architects: Krueck & Sexton Architects
  • Project: Cloud II Apartment
  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Photographs: Bill Zbaren
  • Software used: MicroStation

Staircase - (c) Bill Zbaren

The program request was 3-part: to create an exciting space for entertainment, to design an inspiring place to live every day, and to provide a welcoming retreat where family and friends could come together. It was important that natural light was brought deep into the space and that the space was simultaneously visually open and acoustically private.

Interior View - (c) Bill Zbaren

As the highest residential space in the city of Milwaukee, the restrained palette of the project reinforces the idea that one is up in the clouds. It also gives way to an expressive glass stairway at the center of the space, linking the main living level to the more private level above. This stairway provides a void in the middle of the space which allows natural light from above to infiltrate through the glass enclosure to an otherwise dark entry below.

Interior View - (c) Bill Zbaren

The ribbon-like stairway, and its patterned glass scrim, appears to dance as one moves through the apartment. Anchored by an illuminated onyx plinth, the glass treads, and prismatic enclosure above, glow as the space unfolds between the two floors.

Living Area - (c) Bill Zbaren

The client felt it was important to allow the space to be an artwork itself while also providing a backdrop for the changing horizon and views below. For this reason, materials were chosen for their lightness and the minimal detailing on the interior allows one to focus on the city views beyond.

Kitchen - (c) Bill Zbaren

Interior View - (c) Bill Zbaren

Bedroom - (c) Bill Zbaren

Interior View - (c) Bill Zbaren

Staircase - (c) Bill Zbaren

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