University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Center
Pathway to the future
The dynamic imagery of the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex is an assemblage of components, a metaphor for the research and innovation happening within. As the first new science building to be completed on campus in 20 years, it occupies a prominent location and makes a progressive architectural statement that celebrates the importance of participation in the sciences. Cross-disciplinary endeavors in physics, biology, chemistry, and public health are supported by flexible research laboratories, interactive classrooms and teaching labs, and shared core facilities.
Uniquely sited along a major east-west pedestrian thoroughfare, the project capitalizes on this significant design opportunity to engage with the campus community. The generous outdoor loggia and indoor lobby spaces work in tandem, efficiently routing foot traffic through the site while providing places for respite, study, and vibrant social interaction.
With a goal of continued advancement of research, education, collaboration, and outreach, this structure anchors a new science quad and sets the stage for a site that is connected, interactive, and interdisciplinary.